Hey Good People,
I hope everyone enjoyed their Fourth of July! I sure did. I had a fabulous time celebrating my girlfriend’s birthday. We had such a blast. The energy was awesome. People were friendly and festive. And as soon as “Jamaica Funk” came on, everyone was out their seats and dancing down the Soul Train line! Later on, my girlfriend and I talked about what made it such a good party. We concluded that it was just a good mix people. And everyone didn’t know each other. For some people, this would have been a turn off. But the fresh faces is what truly made the party.
At times, we have to shake things up every now and again. Routine is necessary, but change offers new experiences, growth and opportunity. It also brings uncertainty which is what most folks are afraid of. Uncertainty is what keeps many people in their comfy comfort zone. However, they fail to realize that their comfort zone is really a false sense of security. The only thing that IS certain is change. Yes, it’s uncomfortable. But as the church folks used to say, ”you’ll come out as pure gold!” (Job 23:10)
One of the best examples I heard about change was the story of the butterfly.
A little boy went to visit a guru who was sitting and looking at something in his hand. The little boy went up and looked at it. He didn’t quite understand what it was, so he asked the guru, “What is that?” “It’s a cocoon,” answered the guru, “Inside the cocoon is a butterfly. Soon the cocoon is going to split, and the butterfly will come out.” “Could I have it?” asked the little boy. “Yes,” said the guru, “but you must promise me that when the cocoon splits and the butterfly starts to come out and is beating it’s wings to get out of the cocoon, you won’t help it. It is important not to help the butterfly by breaking the cocoon apart. It must do it on it’s own.” The little boy promised, took the cocoon, and went home with it. He then sat and watched it. He saw it begin to vibrate and move and quiver, and finally the cocoon split in half. Inside was a beautiful damp butterfly, frantically beating its wings against the cocoon, trying to get out and not seeming to be able to do it. The little boy desperately wanted to help. Finally, he gave in, and pushed the two halves of the cocoon apart. The butterfly sprang out, but as soon as it got out, it fell to the ground and was dead. The little boy picked up the dead butterfly and in tears went back to the guru and showed it to him. “Little boy,” said the guru, “You pushed open the cocoon, didn’t you?” “Yes,” said the little boy, “I did.” The guru spoke to him gravely, “You don’t understand. You didn’t understand what you were doing. When the butterfly comes out of the cocoon, the only way he can strengthen it’s wings is by beating them against the cocoon. It beats against the cocoon so it’s muscles will grow strong. When you helped it, you prevented it from developing the muscles it would need to survive.”
Eachaspect of our life cycle teaches important lessons on how to move through life. Instead of allowing fear or uncertainty to dictate our decisions and actions, let’s us be moved by love of others, faith in our abilities and a desire to be the best we can be.
Stay cool and enjoy the weekend!
Peace and Blessings, ThatKellieGirl
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