Sadness is a feeling that is rare for me; but this morning I am sad. Three days ago I found the perfect yard flag with my colors–blue and green–and my precious butterflies along with dragonflies. I placed it so carefully on its stand in my tiny front yard. I nursed it through wind and rain this week, and when I checked on it last night, it was beautifully swaying on its post. And then, this morning, without much wind or rain overnight my butterflies were gone. Nowhere to be seen. I am sad.
But I do believe there is a simple lesson to be learned…butterflies are meant to be free. A symbol of transformation, they cannot be “kept”, they must keep moving and changing. I am sad.
But the butterfly is off to where the next step in their simple life calls them to be. It is a lesson for me–it was taking too much preoccupation on my part to make sure that the elements were not harming my new “thing”. The life of a butterfly, while seeming to be complicated, is really very simple…you are born, you are a caterpillar, you transform into a beautiful butterfly never knowing exactly when or where that transformation will occur. And then your mission in your life is to pollinate, to go where you are needed. While I am sad, I know that the butterfly flag figuratively was a butterfly taking wing, stopping only briefly in my front yard to ruminate where their next stop would be for the butterflies and the dragonflies. Yes, I am sad, but I am on my way of transformation to where I am needed.