“If nothing ever changed there’d be no butterflies.” (Unknown)
Being human is often tricky and challenging. Ann Lamott, describes life this way. “The greatness of love and laughter, the pain of loss, the bearing of one another’s burdens are all mixed up – like the crazy catch all kitchen drawer.” I know exactly what she is talking about. I have one of those drawers. I attempt from time to time to clean it out. I try to separate the good stuff from the junk, but it all seems so important somehow. I have to sort through it often or it multiplies. It’s a constant for me, just like change is. Life is about change.
It is the butterfly that gives me hope that change can really work in my favor. With a little imagination and ingenuity, it is possible to see the changes that life throws at me…all mixed up, and meshed together as they often are…can be a positive, even when they seem to be a negative. I change my hair style for a new look. I exercise to help my body. (It works in theory but sometimes I wonder.) So why not change the heart of me?
Like I sort through that junk drawer so it doesn’t take over another one, I also have to see the value found in all of the experiences of my life. For all of them, the happy ones, the sad, the good and the not so good, are woven together into the tapestry of who I am. They make me, me. I just want to be the best version of me that I can be.