I‘ll never forget one of my grandmother’s favorite stories–one she would often tell us grandkids when we were small. We’d usually be in the park or her rather overgrown backyard when she’d spy a wooly caterpillar on a bush or a butterfly flitting by.
“Oh,” she’d exclaim excitedly,”look at that! How beautiful!” Then she’d laugh to herself and say to us, “That reminds me of one of my favorite little stories.”
As we’d gather around to watch the little creature going about its business, she would begin.
“Once upon a time, there was a little caterpillar. Every day, he’d wake up, creep out from under the shelter of his little home among the rosebuds, and begin munching away at the leaves. Soon he’d be joined by several other caterpillars and they’d all enjoy each other’s company as they ate. Weeks went by and, one by one, the plump and happy caterpillars would each spin a chrysalis to begin their transition into a butterfly.
Before too long, there were only two little caterpillars left. One day, as the two chatted and ate, a beautiful butterfly floated by, gracefully fluttering its wings in the warm sunshine. One of the caterpillars stopped eating and stared in awe at the glittering, brilliant flashes of color on its wings.
‘Wow…would you look at that?’ He stared in amazement.
His friend glanced up briefly and returned to his meal, unimpressed. ‘That’s nice,’ he replied, ‘but you’ll never get me up in one of those things!'”
It was at this point that Grandma would always break out in laughter–and all of us would too, for we all well knew that the silly caterpillar was destined to one day spin his own chrysalis and become a butterfly himself!
As I’ve grown older, I’ve grown to appreciate Grandma’s caterpillar story even more–for it reminds me that, in order for us to truly grow, we must expand our thinking and open our minds and hearts to new possibilities and change. One of the important things to remember about the nature of Life is that things will change, whether we want them to or not. If we let our doubts, worries, or fears stop us from trying new things, we may never know how many of Life’s greatest adventures we might miss. It is only through looking past our fears, opening ourselves to new opportunities, and embracing the idea of change that we may discover these experiences are actually wonderful!
So the next time you see a caterpillar or a butterfly, why not take a moment to appreciate the mystery and magic of Nature? If you keep your mind open to all kinds of new and exciting ideas and energies, you may one day discover that your own metamorphosis has been just as miraculous as theirs!
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