“Just when the Caterpillar thought the world was over,She became a butterfly”! Chuang Tzu
What exactly the Wise Man is trying to convey?
As the caterpillar is reaching the pupa stage, it realizes that it is slowing down and can’t move due to heavy body, thinking that the end is in sight since it is getting surrounded by the envelope gradually and the time has come when its eyes too covered with silk cocoon, and its body undergoing painful transformation and it is sure of impending death.
Suddenly the caterpillar realizes that it’s not dead and with the eruption of energy, it knows that it’s born again as a beautiful creature!
The wise man was drawing analogy with humans.
A butterfly is a symbol of transformation. Read further..
“We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty.” Maya Angelou
Do we ever realize that the butterfly undergoes a painful process of change, isolation, and transformation, as it emerges from the cocoon?
“The caterpillar does all the work, but the butterfly gets all the publicity.” George Carlin
We all know the stages of the butterfly life cycle
Egg stage-It’s the evolution of life, and the butterfly has to wait for its time for its dreams to become a reality.
Larva stage (caterpillar)-It’s the exciting growth stage, where a lot of eating happens, and caterpillar is popularly known as eating machine and sheds skin 5 times.
Unlike humans overeating, there is a purpose in caterpillar eating a lot, the idea is to have sufficient energy to overcome the painful but dramatic metamorphosis which is going to unfold inside the chrysalis (cocoon)
This is a learning stage of growth. For humans, this stage indicates an urge to learn things, until we reach our potential.
Cocoon stage-This is the transformation stage and the caterpillar doesn’t care about the outside world and just concentrates on the job.
This stage advises us to concentrate on our jobs without deviation.
The Butterfly– Here butterfly learns to fly and is ready to pollinate flowers and help Mother Nature and ready to start for the next generation. It tells us to be helpful to the world.
So what is the inspiration we get from the Butterfly?
- Like butterfly evolving, we must love, every stage of our life as we pass through.
- The struggles we are undergoing today is an opportunity given by God, to strengthen ourselves to face the adversities.
- We love the beauty of the butterfly but fail to realize the painful transformation, it has undergone, the best example is we see the success story of someone but fail to acknowledge the struggle they underwent.
- Remember this quote-“What the caterpillar calls the end of the world, the master calls a butterfly” Richard Bach
- Be optimistic. Something good even better going to happen.
Embrace change. Change is the way of life. Don’t grumble.
“The butterfly counts not months but moments,and has time enough” Rabindranath Tagore
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