from the introduction to the book …

Bloom, by Kobi Yamada

"And the day came when the risk it took to remain tight in the bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom."  Anais Nin

Don’t just go through life, grow through life. Don’t just be good, be good for something and someone. Goodness heightens beauty. Become who you are, who you were meant to be. Seek out knowledge and experience. The more we see, the more we are capable of seeing. The more we do, the more we are capable of doing.

If you want change, begin it. If you want love, give it. If you want hope, embody it. Start immediately and do it flamboyantly. Once you’ve begun, don’t turn back. Change and growth can be painful and challenging at times, but as Lauren Bond said, "Every flower has to go through a lot of dirt."

Life is about choices, growth and taking chances. It is about pushing through and moving forward. It is about loving courageously and not  holding back. It is about finding a brighter, better way. You owe it to yourself and to the world to make the most out of the stuff that’s in you.

Bloom into your incredibly, gloriously, brilliantly beautiful self. The world is waiting.

available from Compendium.


  1. Wow, I just love it! Makes you feel empowered doesn’t it?!?!

  2. That was nice and so true.

  3. Karla Beaty says:

    Love, love, love, your optimistic look on life. Your positive attitude is so refreshing. Such a daily inspiration to me.

  4. Perfect! I love it! Looking forward to adding this one to my book of quotes! Glad you are back I missed you!

  5. katie scott says:

    WOW! Its like you read my frame of mind (except you said it way better than I ever could!)

  6. AWESOME! thank you

  7. Beautiful! Have a wonderful day.

  8. Atta girl Stacy! Soar with the eagles. Don’t let the turkeys keep you down. So glad you’re back.

  9. beautiful! I’m going to share this w/ a friend who is having a bad day.

  10. Tatia Diskin says:

    WOW! Welcome back!

  11. These are amazing words. Thanks for sharing.

  12. Donna Bettencourt says:

    Thanks !!

  13. wow…….I really needed to hear this today. Now I think I’ll go cry….

  14. Beautiful and inspiring, isn’t it? I love it too! :)

  15. perfect and so true!
    love it

  16. perfect and so true!
    love it.

  17. Just what I needed to hear today. Hmmm … about 30 minutes ago I was so frustrated with my family. Just so frustrated. In a bad mood. I sat down and said a prayer. That this yuckiness would leave me and that I’d be able to love these people who I don’t really like much today. This was just what I needed to hear. To love, and hope and change without looking for anything in return. Thank you Stacy. I think I will print parts of this out and post it by my sink.

  18. Glad you’re back from your break!
    We all go through the fire. You
    came back GOLD.

  19. I adore compendium books…. Bloom is a wonderful. tena

  20. Stacy, I have the compendium book called “BE”. Do you have that one? I think you would love it.

  21. a fabulous comment – i’m going to share that with my students on monday. thank you x

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