Butterfly in the making and the metamorphosis of life

Posted: May 30, 2011 in abstract, life, Uncategorized

For a caterpillar stuck in its cocoon, it all would seem pointless, for It is as good as stuck in an eternal darkness. But the truth is, it is just a transformation that is happening. It is a necessary step for it to reach its full potential and emerge as the beautiful butterfly that it is supposed to become. And there is really no way to expedite this process. Nature has to run its course.

Photo credit: Richard Crook

Sometimes life hands over situations that are not unlike that of a caterpillar in its cocoon. It might appear as if you are there for no reason and you might not see any way out. Trust that things are going to get better from there. You are going to emerge as your better self just like that caterpillar is going to see the light of the day as  a beautiful butterfly. Have patience; and don’t dwell on your future butterfly days too much, worrying when and how you are going to reach there. You will reach there when it is time for you to reach there. By focusing too much on the destination you would miss out all the fun in the journey. Embrace life as it is. It is perfect just the way it is. You are going through exactly what you need to go through right this moment. Don’t miss out on now and here because of your worries for the future or the regrets of the past. Show up for life everyday with great enthusiasm, and courage. “If your job is to dance, show up and do your dance.”   That is the most important thing right now. It is pointless to worry about the outcome.  No matter what the situation is, there is always something to smile about. You would notice it when you embrace life and truly live in the present moment. Remember that happiness comes from within. There is absolutely nothing that can make you sad without your consent. Transformation also comes from within. You have the power to change yourself. That is an enormous power that would enable you to change your circumstances and how you perceive them. Realize the power within yourself and it would all be clear as daylight. You would know the path that you have to follow. Keep faith in yourself and keep moving forward.

How did the caterpillar get into a cocoon in the first place? No, it was not forced into it. It worked hard to make that cocoon around itself. It probably had no idea that it is getting itself into a claustrophobic situation. But that is exactly what it did. If it knew what it was getting itself into, it might not have embarked on this path. But this phase is necessary for it to graduate to the next level. Same is true about life. You are here because of your own actions; you chose to reach this point in life. Did you anticipate all the circumstances that were part of being at this particular place in your life? Did you know this is how it would be here, before you reached here? probably not. Nevertheless you chose to be here at this point in time. If you had the power to reach here, you have the power to move out of here as well.

PS: Two days ago while I was stepping out of office, this caterpillar – cocoon metaphor came to mind out of nowhere.  As I walked a little further, there was a dead butterfly in my path. Talk about coincidences!

[drafted: 18 May, 2011 @ 21:45]

  1. Very inspiriting words. Though I already know about these pieces of wisdom of yours, I’m glad the knowledge was reinforced by reading this post. 🙂

    • introspeak says:

      I am glad you found it inspiring. It is true; a piece of wisdom coming from an external source, even if we already know it, can help reinforce our own convictions. Your comment reinforced my own faith in what I wrote 🙂 Thanks!

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