One of my favourite symbols that has spoken to me since the day a teacher spoke of it is the lotus flower. Without the dark and murky swamp in which it roots itself there is no lotus, no beauty, no strength, no deep connection to the shadow as well as the light. Lotus flowers grow out of a muddy pool of dirt. The lotus flower has a deep rooted connection to its journey from darkness to light. Never forgetting the journey from which it comes as it draws sustenance from that very place. Remembering that darkness and impermanence were and are necessary.
May you recognize the muddy murky waters that have held you and shaped you, given you strong roots from which to rise up. May you have faith that the flow of your life, whether smooth or choppy, will lead you into a space where you can blossom and flourish.