Did you know that water lilies will grow in mud or water? Waterlilies also have an important spiritual meaning in Buddhism and Hinduism. "For these religions, the water lily symbolizes resurrection, because these flowers close up at night and reopen in the morning, similar to a spiritual rebirth. Buddhists also believe that the water lily represents enlightenment because a beautiful bloom emerges from the dark, dirty mud". [bhg.com].
I used this picture in a recent newsletter demonstrating the different stages of blossoming water lilies. I spotted these beautiful flowers when we were on a hike in Glenveagh National Park in Donegal. I was struck by how despite sharing the same conditions, each of the flowers were at different stages of growth. None of these flowers compare themselves to one another, wondering how to speed up progress, or feeling bad because another flower is at a different phase to them. They just blossom when they're ready and when the conditions are suitable to them.
I'm particularly struck by this as a mum of pre-teen/teens -- kids at a stage who are becoming more and more aware of their peers, and how their peers have a big impact on their confidence and self-esteem. I remember for myself developing some serious life long limiting beliefs at this stage of my life purely due to comparing myself to others, and believing what others told me about what I could and couldn't do. Mindful awareness of my surroundings, through photography, and then through reflection of these images afterwards have allowed me to have a meaningful conversation with my kids about developing their own healthy surroundings and how to blossom regardless of what's going on around them.