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And from Christina Laurie, NLAPW National 3rd Vice President and Chaplain, here are some thoughts on becoming a butterfly, and a few butterfly haiku.
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Becoming a Butterfly
One spring, as I stood in a butterfly cage in Florida, I had the privilege of watching a butterfly work its way out of a chrysalis. The process requires an amazing amount of energy. It’s a huge exertion. My heart ached as the butterfly struggled to squeeze out of the tight container where it had spent so much time in silent development.
Anyone who does not understand the purpose of this process might in sympathy be tempted to snip the chrysalis to release the insect. It would free the butterfly and make it easier to escape, but the butterfly likely would be underdeveloped or may even die. As the butterfly struggles, its wings gain strength so it can fly. To help her would mean that she might never fly or might fly unevenly. The struggle of the butterfly is part of the process of developing strong wings.
Life is like this. There are times when we feel trapped in a situation or place in our lives – perhaps in secular values or philosophy or standards. Perhaps stuck in a distasteful situation in our lives. Struggling through our feelings can help us develop stronger values, to grow out of inferiority, or develop stronger resistance to negative forces.
Once the butterfly struggles out of its cocoon, it must sit on a leaf in the sun until its wings dry. At this point, he is most vulnerable to predators because, until the wings dry, he cannot fly. Like the butterfly, I also must rest at times to grow in strength and knowledge. Then I will fly like the Monarch, spreading my wings and climbing into the full sunlight of Life.
May you also spread your wings and fly.
A few butterfly haiku:
along the rocky coat
sea spray in the wind
just at sunrise
reflected in spring puddles
In summer twilight
the sea of dancing haygrass
releases a Monarch