“We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty.”
Maya Angelou, American poet and civil rights activist
The image of butterflies seem to appear once again. As I write this, once again, Maya Angelou’s quote appears. Butterflies are beautiful, aren’t they? When you see one how often do you think about how they became so beautiful? I don’t until I stop and reflect. How about you? Why butterflies? As I think about their transformative journey I think about the life changes everyone has gone through for the past year and a half. In many cases these changes have been transformative. Have you considered them this way? Have you imagined your journey similar to the butterflies’?
Change is constant and yet how often do we willingly accept it even though we are open to it? Henri-Louis Bergson, French philosopher has said, “To exist is to change, to change is to mature, to mature is to go on creating oneself endlessly.” Yes!! Accepting oneself through the many changing phases that occur in our life is essential. Much like the butterfly! We are creators and can transform ourselves whenever we choose.
How easy is it to admit and accept that you’ve changed, your approach to life and business has changed, and perhaps your world view has changed? Can you accept these changes without feeling there is something wrong or something to fix? Are you willing to embrace the new you and let go of the old habits, behaviors and beliefs that no longer support you? Can you laugh, dance, sing, and immerse yourself in the beauty of who you are and becoming more of? Are you willing?
Life is magical! Let the past integrate and take the best of it into the present. Continue to envision the future and enjoy each moment NOW for that’s really what’s real. Celebrate the changes. Acknowledge your courage and willingness to step into the unknown and thrive in ways that are different! Rejoice!! The Dalai Lama, Spiritual leader, reminds us to “Open your arms to change, but don’t let go of your values.” Remember, you are the best one to choose what’s right for you. Feel it in your core and honor what you value most. So, rather than search for ways to ‘go back to what was normal’ imagine what your changed and new normal can be! You are the master of your life!
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