You must want to fly so much that you are willing to give up being a caterpillar.
—Trina Paulus, Hope For The Flowers
Every Thursday is Thoughtful Thursday in which I post a quote or thought for all of us to ponder.
I visited a friend today who is paralyzed from the chest down due to a recent car accident. Although her body has so many limitations, her spirit was like Mother Theresa’s. I felt blessed and inspired from just being in her presence. It’s hard to explain. But, I couldn’t help thinking What I would do if I were in her shoes? She wants to live a life of purpose, and I think she is. Maybe not in the way she had planned, but she inspires everyone to live life in awe.
It’s clear to me that we can all be willing to fly, leave our cozy cocoon, and like the butterfly, who must use its wings to push its way out of the comfortable shell of the cocoon, take the step each day. I once read that when experimenters forced opened a cocoon, the butterfly did not make it out alive as his wings were not strong enough or dry enough to fly. The process of struggle was necessary. (Struggle does not necessarily have to equate with unhappiness). In our efforts, let’s all remember that each day is blessed with new opportunities for us to leave our caterpillar shell by the wayside. Spread our wings, the air is sweet.
Do you have a ‘giving up being a caterpillar’ story?
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