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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For your readers, here is the link to one of my favorite stories…the one you mentioned about the butterflies clipped wings:
I was meant to read this post just now. Timing is always perfect!! The quote, the butterfly story, and the story of your friend…all meant for me to read tonight! You have touched my heart. Thank you, Lenora!
Love, Peace, & Many Blessings,
This is also appropriate…
“What would I do today if I were brave?”
“Butterflies remind us, there’s magic in every life
And we can become what we dream of, if fat furry worms can fly!”
** Both songs/lyrics by Jana Stanfield. http://www.JanaStanfield.com **
WalkON1: Thanks for the butterfly link and for the perfect lyrics from Jana Stanfield. Love her uplifting inspiring music! Everyone needs to have some of her music to live by. You are also inspiring to me with your resilience and love of life.
This is very much inspiring–thank you for sharing. Sometimes it takes a little jump in our daily routine or a story like her’s to realize the gratefulness that we can all believe in.