Bishop Cotton Women’s Christian College, Bangalore, 24.4. 2018.

Bloom where you are planted. Storms may come, and lightning may strike, but don’t let the joys of this life pass you by. Make the best with what you have. Live each day like it’s your last. Don’t worry about tomorrow and don’t fret about the past. Live in the present. Each new day is a gift. Bloom where you are planted. Practice gratitude. Wake up every morning and remind yourself of everything you’re thankful for. Impact others positively. Bringing people up rather than down improves the world around you. Keep the big picture in mind if you want to bloom. If you begin feeling lost, frustrated, or unhappy, remind yourself of your larger goals and get back on track.  No matter where you are today or what has happened to you, you can look beyond your current circumstances and thrive. You don’t have to stay stuck because you can bloom where you are planted. We can’t always choose the cards we have been dealt, but we can learn to play them. Like a flower that grows through a crack in the concrete, sometimes we have to make the best of our situations and bloom where we have been planted.