Much of life is about learning how to gracefully transform from one moment or season into the next. When it comes to transformations, I’ve found it helpful to have an attitude of wonder and adventure, so the transition feels more exciting than daunting.
While transformations can be exciting, they don’t always come in pretty packages. At times they can feel unexpected, untimely, or just plain undesirable. Makes me think about the butterfly and how many changes it goes through in one life. A butterfly goes through remarkable transformations – from an egg to a caterpillar to pupa – before it can even fly. When you look at a butterfly’s majestic design and fluttering wings, its beauty seems so effortless. It’s hard to imagine it was once a worm-like creature crawling from one tree limb to the next. A butterfly’s life is mostly transformations. From the moment it’s an egg, it changes from head to tail – even its mouth transforms from one that nibbles milkweed to a tiny straw that can sip the nectar of a flower.
Each changing stage in a butterfly’s life has a different goal, which ultimately leads it into a magnificent state. Once the it transforms into its final stage, the hard work isn’t over, as many migrate very long distances, followed by the females laying eggs. All of this takes a great deal of strength and energy.
Our lives seem similar to that of a butterfly. Think about how many transformations you’ve been through to get where you are today. How many transformations, both big and small, have you experienced so far? I look back at all the changing stages in my life and feel like that butterfly. At times some changes were painful, some planned, and some completely exciting and fun. In the end, they all brought me a greater perspective, new appreciation, and even wings of wisdom. My wings are still growing.
Just like the butterfly, beauty can come from a moment or season of transformation, even if first the change seems unattractive or prickly. I’ve learned the key to successful transformation is having the patience and joy to really experience the process. Feel it, live it, don’t wish it away. You will find beauty in the end result.
Today I wish you joy and peace in a season of change you may be facing. Know that you are developing wings of wisdom and with that transformation comes beauty.
Enjoy your beautiful wings.