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“We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty.” ~Maya Angelou, who turns 83 today
How true is that?! So often we forget that beautiful butterflies started out as fat, furry caterpillars that had to go through a long, arduous and gooey process in order to transform. You may have heard the story of the man who saw a butterfly struggling to get out of its chrysalis. Concerned that the butterfly would not escape on its own, the man made it easier by cutting open the cocoon a little. As the story goes, the butterfly—with withered wings—crawled out easily then. The man was in for a surprise: He waited for the butterfly to spread its wings and fly away, but it did not. Without the struggle to free itself from its cocoon, the butterfly lost the opportunity to pump vital fluid from its body into its wings.
The struggles in life are often what make us beautiful and strong, and hold the greatest gifts for us. Where are you not allowing your process or not appreciating the different phases of your development? How might you be hampering the natural unfolding of someone around you?
Please share your thoughts, insights and questions below. Your participation provides wisdom that all can benefit from. Thank you!
Denise Yamada © 4/2011