Water lilies tend to grow in shallow, marshy waters where there’s little to no current. You might see them at the edge of a lake, a part of a river that branches out, or on water that’s backed up due to some kind of barrier, like a dam.
Let’s just say, the water isn’t the most pretty and the location isn’t prime real estate. But that’s where beautiful lilies grow best.
This quote, by the philosopher and writer Matshona Dhliwayo, reminds us that the same situation can apply to people. We are capable of experiencing the most beautiful growth from ugly situations. We blossom into a stronger, wiser, and more mindful version of ourselves that might have never bloomed if we were in a more perfect situation.