Ana Lins dos Guimarães Peixoto, better known under her pseudonym, Cora Coralina, was a Brazilian poet born in 1889, known for her pies and pastries as well as her beautiful words. She knew at an early age that she had a gift for poetry, but at the time, women were expected to be mothers and wives—expressing herself as a poet was just not acceptable. So Ana got married and had four children. It was not until her sixties that Ana assumed her new name and began following her life’s passion—writing poetry. She supported her new lifestyle by selling sweets and was soon recognized by many influential Brazilian writers. Never one to give up, Cora Coralina published her first book of poetry at the age of 76.

“I’m that woman who climbed the mountain of life, removing stones and planting flowers.”

She may have waited 76 years to have her dream realized, but she did not give up. She didn’t just stumble over the stones that were in her path—she removed them, and instead, planted flowers.

What stones are in your way? What blocks you from living out your life’s passions? Don’t wait for your whole life to pass by before exploring who you truly are. Be good to yourself. Be kind, patient and loving. Understand who you are at your core—and one by one, remove the stones that block your path. It’s never too late to live the life you were born to live. Plant your flowers and begin your life anew.

“Recreate your life, always, always. Remove the stones, plant rose bushes and make sweets. Begin again.”


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2 Responses to Words To Live By: Plant More Flowers
  1. I look forward to GM Lu’s daily posts. They are always inspirational and meaningful. Today, most especially, as it reminded me of a George Eliot quote that has special meaning for me. A dear friend sent it to me many years ago as encouragement for a particular creative endeavor. I passed it along to a professional woman who was in a sculpture class with me out of NY about 5 years ago. She was quite talented and regretted not pursuing her passion and was most appreciative. George Eliot: “It is never too late to be the person you were meant to be.” I re-read it today as I read the TCM inspiration and know they both have special significance at this time in my life. There are no accidents.

  2. This is a beautiful lesson, today, from GrandMaster Lu! I learn something daily, but being a grower of gardens, (flowers, herbs, vegetables and fruit trees), I particularly resonated with today’s message. Moving stones, to make way for planting flowers, is an act of faith and hope. It is hard work, but so worth it! Thank-you for these daily ‘moment miracle’ blog posts!


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