The lotus flower, prized for its ethereal beauty and serene scent, grows out of the mud and muck. Because of it's humble beginnings, the lotus has become a symbol of the beauty that grows in "ugly" places.
Just like the flower, we often find ourselves stuck in the muck, weighed down by a life full of tragedy and chaos. We may even feel at times that we are drowning in despair, worry, fear, regret and resentment.
Like the lotus, we can create our best lives out of our chaos, rise above our tragedies and use our negative experiences as a nutrient-rich soil in which to grow.