December 16th, 2012

I remember seeing a butterfly while I was sitting in my car at a stoplight. Unexpected and out of place, she was hovering around the cars on the busy road, so out of her element. I wanted to warn her to return to the safety of what she was familiar with. Did she accidentally end up in the traffic, wondering how she got there? Was she frightened, wanting to get back to the familiar scent of the lush landscape that she left behind on the side of the road? Or did she venture out with purposeful intention to experience more of life, knowing she would have to deal with uncomfortable, unfamiliar textures and smells along the way?

I like to think the butterfly ventured into the street on purpose, curious to experience something unique. Courageous, not knowing if she would forever be fluttering in this concrete jungle or whether there was an even better garden waiting for her on the other side of the road. She may have seemed out of place to me, but I think she knew exactly what she was doing, choosing to leave her home in an effort to expand her world. The traffic, honking cars and hot asphalt were all part of her journey. Before the light changed to green she had flown to the flowerbed on other side of the road. To a new comfortable place.

Maybe she had to push herself to make the change. Or, perhaps she was merely curious about what else was out there, not content to stay in her comfort zone. Whether she had to push herself to venture out, or whether she finally decided to stop thinking so much and allowed herself to stray while caught up in enjoying the present moment, that butterfly will forever be changed because of the choice she made.

We are all unique in what we want and how we choose to craft our story. Life is short, especially for a butterfly. Like her, we all have a limited and unknown amount of time to explore the experiences we personally want out this fabulous life. Let’s not waste it spending time judging others for their choices. Instead, let’s each embrace individual opportunities for growth in our own lives- even if that growth means leaving our comfort zone. Fluttering through the discomfort along the way can make reaching the other side of the street that much more rewarding.

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