"A pristine waterlily un-discouraged by its surroundings, rises from the depths of a murky pond. It's lotus petals perfume the air, as it flowers and blooms brilliantly, purely, divinely, despite and probably because of its origins. Becoming a spiritual person does not mean you to leave your prior life behind, but instead you integrate, learn, remember, and respect what brought you to this point in the first place."
Jacquelene Close Moore
Note, this piece of writing has been around the internet a few times, which I am flattered by. I really also liked what Cnawan Fahey had to say about the Lotus in relation to his travels, you can visit him here. I came upon his site by serendipity. (Of course)