“If nothing changed, there’d be no butterflies” author unknown
A butterfly is a beautiful creature. The bright colors, the symmetry, the gracefulness and even the leisurely pace that it flies gives it beauty. They are not in a hurry, nor do they worry about what is going to happen in their next moment. They bask in the sunlight on the tips of a flower, or they hang lightly off of a leaf so they can sleep. There is nothing that I can think of that is ugly about a butterfly. When we see butterflies we see beauty.
But how often do we go back and think about what that butterfly had to go through to get to that point of beauty? Personally, I am amazed at the transformations that had to have happened for them to become the beautiful creatures they are. They start out as a caterpillar, which often people don’t find to be cute or sweet, but ugly little creatures that are a pain in our butts. We get grossed out by the way they move, and are annoyed they eat our plants and the leaves off of the trees. They move through our gardens and eat what we plant, and we find them in foods we’d rather be enjoying ourselves. But do those little caterpillars know that what they are doing is going to transform them into someone they won’t even recognize in a mirror?
Well, most of us would say they have no idea what is about to happen. After checking in with them I would have to say that some do know and some others don’t. Some of them know that they have to eat a lot and then make this cocoon around themselves and wait for awhile before they get to emerge as a beautiful butterfly. But some just have to trust that this is what they need to do to become something beyond their wildest dreams. They have to move out of their comfort zone of hanging out on the leaves and in the plants to become something they are told is a wonderful thing. They have to trust. And, then, they really get to spread their wings and fly!
How does this relate to the human world? Well, here’s how I see it. There are some people who understand they must constantly be moving and doing things that may make them uncomfortable to get what they want out of their lives. They know that there is beauty within change and that huge transformations take place once they move out of their comfort zone. Others just trust that it will happen and move through their fears just trusting that something beautiful will happen out of it. Others just won’t make their cocoons at all and stay where they are at, and they, in essence, die. Perhaps not a physical death, but one of detachment from life. They go through life on auto pilot and haven’t truly found their joy. They don’t believe they can have what they want out of life, but they also shy away from doing something different to achieve their goals. They are comfortable doing what they are doing and aren’t willing to make that change. Afterall, it is a scary thing to do something different when you don’t know if it will work. It’s hard to believe that this new thing you have to do, that is going to tie you up in knots and perhaps give you a few muscle cramps, is going to put you in a better life.
But as Maya Angelou states “We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty.” That caterpillar had to move out of it’s comfort zone to become what it is ultimately supposed to be – a beautiful butterfly. It had to face it’s fears and summon the courage to do what it needed to do to become the creature it wanted, and ultimately knew, it wanted to be.
What will you become when you choose to move out of your comfort zone? What goals will you achieve? Who do you want to be when you move out of your comfort zone? What are you willing to do so you can spread your wings and fly?