“You must be a Lotus, unfolding its petals when the Sun rises in the sky, unaffected by the slush where it is born or even the water which sustains it!”

— Sri Sathya Sai Baba

The holiday season is upon us.  Some of us will travel to visit distant family.  Some of us will be the hosts who prepare the meals and provide the places where traditions are shared.  These will be times of great joy and love; and, for some of us, they will be times of great stress.  For those whose lives are happy, family time at the holiday season multiplies that happiness.  For those who suffer grief and despair, the load feels even heavier as they find themselves surrounded by a celebration that does not seem to include them.

Let’s take a lesson this year from the flowers.  They have no expectation except simply to exist.  They don’t look around themselves and judge whether the spot where they grow is worthy of a blossom — they simply unfold their petals and let the world see their beauty.  One of the most colorful lessons of nature is the one taught by the flowers.  Whether they find themselves in the midst of a tended garden or on the edge of a rocky cliff, they do exactly what they were made to do — they bloom.

Let’s be like the flowers this holiday season.  Unfold your petals and be who you were created to be.  Let your beauty color the lives of all you meet and let the color of those around you delight your eyes and your heart.  Pay no attention to the cold rain that might fall.  Let it sink into the earth at your feet and sustain you rather than drown you.Open your petals to the sun — open your heart to the love and the happiness.