"And now I have to confess the unpardonable and the scandalous. I am a happy man. And I am going to tell you the secret of my happiness. It is quite simple. I love mankind. I love love. I hate hate. I try to understand and accept."
[Photo: A lotus flower given as a random act of kindness on my 30th birthday earlier this month by a stranger who didn't know it was my birthday. The lotus flower in Buddhism symbolizes our ability to be happy and "blossom" in spite of negativity. Although it evokes beauty and purity in appearance, the lotus flower grows out of the murkiest, dirtiest waters.]