Title: A lotus grows in the mud
Author: Goldie Hawn
Date of Publication: 2005
Publisher: Bantam Press
“No one speaks the same language, but we all share this common language: the language of laughter” P 341
In a lotus grows in the mud Goldie Hawn takes us on an inspiring odyssey and, with her trademark effervescent humour, reveals the lessons she’s learned and the wisdom she’s gained along the way. This is her chance to talk about everything from anger and fear, to love, compassion, friendship and the many challenges she’s faced in her career.
FROM THE BOOK JACKET
“The lotus is the most beautiful flower, whose petals open one by one. But it will only grow in mud. In order to grow and gain wisdom, first you must have the mud – the obstacles of life and its suffering... The mud speaks of the common ground that we humans share, no matter what our stations in life... Whether we have it all or we have nothing, we are all faced with the same obstacles: sadness, loss, illness, dying and death. If we are to strive as human beings to gain more wisdom, more kindness and more compassion, we must have the intention to grow as a lotus and open each petal one by one”
I found out about this marvellous book when Goldie Hawn was on Oprah. I cannot tell you how many books I have learnt about thanks to Oprah, (this however is a topic for another day) and all of these books have changed my life; including this gem by the vibrant legend Goldie Hawn.
“A smile is an indication of a happy heart, and when you smile it changes your perception" p25
In a sentence, my summary of this book would be “A life well lived and well examined.” But that is too short to give this book any credit, it is simply inept. I will start by saying that autobiographies are my favourite book genre – and well this beauty has just deepened my love for the genre. In a lotus grows in the mud Goldie Hawn does what people rarely do in their autobiographies, and that is what makes this one so exceptional. Goldie tells us of one of her memories or life experience and then tells us what she has learnt from that experience. There
is a great deal of introspection occurring on the pages of this book.
“Your joy can be measured only by the depth of your sorrow”
One of the reasons why I really appreciated this particular book is because it gave me such great insight – it gave me many of Oprah’s AHA moments. What I found was that Ms Hawn put into words her findings on many of the things that I have been thinking about. Verbalising the answers to questions that have been floating around in my head; it is very rare that a book does that for me as fully as a lotus grows in the mud has done for me.
“It is what we don’t know that frightens us, and nothing stifles joy like fear.”
Goldie Hawn’s life has been a full life, and I do hope that she will write another book on the next years of her life. She speaks so candidly about her earliest memories and her spiritual experiences, the difficulties she faced early in her career, her marriages, her heartaches, her joys and her triumphs. This book is a must for anyone who is a fan of Ms Hawn or the person who is looking for answers to certain things in life such as joy, being different, fear and so many other life experiences.
“If you don’t take responsibility, then you’ll never grow. You will never learn. And you will only repeat your mistakes. P375”
So if you are looking for a book that will shine great insight on life, this is the book for you. Goldie Hawn does a great job of not only telling us about her life, but of examining her life on the page so that she gets so much more out of it and so do we.
“Don’t forsake your own wisdom because you fear you will lose something” p 367