Day  75_Book of Hours


“We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty.”  – Maya Angelou

The butterfly is a universal symbol of transformation.  It is not a conscious transformation.  The butterfly doesn’t decide to one day become a butterfly.  It is part of its natural growth.  It has its own rhythm.  The growth happens without force or coercion.  The monarch butterfly migrates each year.  It is a mystery that it knows the exact same tree to hibernate in.  It is not certain how they navigate their way.

They just do.

They find a way.

There is a beauty in the unfolding.  We don’t always see all the answers at once.  Things are slowly revealed.  We get a glimpse of the mystery.  It is a reminder that life doesn’t stand still.  My child does not stay the same.  Growth can happen over years or overnight. I have witnessed slow transformation in some ways and quick in others.

This is a reminder that this child can be a mirror.  She reflects when I need to trust in the process.  Growth means expansion and sometimes contraction before the unfurling – a few steps back to move forward – an exercise of the will. Growth can be migration – both the movement away and the return.

Butterflies also symbolize lightness of being.

How can I bring a lightness to this transformation process especially when I lose sight of the natural unfolding of this little child?


100 scribbles…hurriedly writing the here and now.








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