Oh what a world we live in. We have so many incredible things coexisting with us…. Take butterflies for example. I think they are pretty Neat-o Guido.
I spotted this one a couple of days ago. I watched it fly around kind of whapper-jawed… like it was putting on its best old-school Charlie Chaplin moves. Watching butterflies maneuver through the air, is often times reminiscent of seeing a fall leaf caught in a swirling breeze. You just never know what they are going to run into. But they do it so dang gracefully.
We could learn a lot from these very fashionable little beings, really.
Various cultures regard the butterfly as a symbol of transformation because of its impressive process of metamorphosis. I mean, the massive amount of transition it undergoes is quite amazing. They start out as a tiny egg, then to larvae (caterpillar), to pupa (the chrysalis or cocoon) and finally, from the cocoon emerges the butterfly. (This information….I had to look up!) An evolution of beauty and grace.
And, such an extreme transformation takes place in a very short period of time. We are talking about a short span of about a month… that’s how long (or short) the butterfly life cycle is.
So what is the symbolic lesson of the butterfly? Wouldn’t it be great if we humans could accept the changes in our lives as easily as the butterfly does? It seems to embrace each and every change that it experiences.
And just when you thought all of that may be spectacular enough… Many butterflies migrate over long distances.The Monarch butterfly migrates from Mexico to northern USA and southern Canada, which winds up being a distance of about 2500–3000 miles. Seriously.
It is a tag team journey. Each one continues on…. where the one before left off. A fabulous combined effort. Seems like another lesson.
Yes. The butterfly. Amazing. Beautiful. Nature’s Transformer. I think the name should be changed to SuperFly.
“There is nothing in a caterpillar that tells you it’s going to be a butterfly.” – Richard Buckminster Fuller