Becoming a butterfly…


We ordered them from a catalog:

Five very small and not-so-beautiful caterpillars.

As the days passed, they grew.
Crowded in their plastic house, they clamored over each other,
inching along, but not really going anywhere.

After what seemed like forever, they became chrysalises,
beautiful butterflies.
Isn’t that how it is with us sometimes?
Something happens in our lives and we feel small
and insignificant.
We inch along,
 clamoring over each other,
bumping against walls,
going nowhere.
Then one day,
we stop,
or fall,
or fail.
We might even wrap tightly in a cacoon.
And it is in that very place where we begin to change.
maybe tumultous,
sometimes delicate
Then, after what might seem like a forever wait,
we start to see things in a new way.
We spread our wings
and all that has been holding us back
suddenly loosens.
And as we leave the place we’ve rested in,
and venture into possibility,
we take flight
and soar.
May nothing be holding you back from possibility and soaring. Have a beautiful weekend! :)
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11 Comments on Becoming a butterfly…

  1. Cecily R
    February 18, 2011 at 4:13 am (7 years ago)

    Love. Such a great message. Thank you!

  2. debi9kids
    February 18, 2011 at 4:21 am (7 years ago)

    awesome!Sat here smiling the whole time reading this.Just awesome.

  3. Nicole - Life in Progress
    February 18, 2011 at 5:03 am (7 years ago)

    What a wonderful analogy! And such gorgeous butterflies! My nature-loving oldest would adore this…might have to look into it!

    February 18, 2011 at 5:40 am (7 years ago)

    I love butterflies. I often feel small and insignificant. I know there is a beautiful spirit just waiting to be set free deep inside of me!

  5. Chris
    February 18, 2011 at 5:42 am (7 years ago)

    That was wonderfully written. I think about butterflies every time I see my kids passing those inevitable milestones, on their way to flight.

  6. JDaniel4's Mom
    February 18, 2011 at 11:52 am (7 years ago)

    What a great post to start the day with! I will try to remember to fly today.

  7. Kimberly
    February 18, 2011 at 12:56 pm (7 years ago)

    Beautiful. I especially love this…"Then, after what might seem like a forever wait,we start to see things in a new way.We spread our wingsand all that has been holding us back suddenly loosens."I just love how you describe all that was holding us back suddenly loosening so we can finally take flight. :)

  8. Jenny
    February 18, 2011 at 5:14 pm (7 years ago)

    It really is magical!

  9. Cindy
    February 19, 2011 at 5:36 am (7 years ago)

    Well, I'm not so sure about the beautiful 'after' but right now I sure feel as though I am curling up in my own cacoon and honestly, I don't care if I ever come out. Sometimes I think maybe there really isn't much of life after that locked away season!

  10. RR Mama
    February 21, 2011 at 8:39 pm (7 years ago)

    I love this!

  11. Lexie Loo & Dylan Too
    February 24, 2011 at 7:10 pm (7 years ago)

    Great post! I was really looking forward to seeing these pictures!


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