Trust the pure unfolding of life.
Trust the phases, cycles, and seasons.
Trust the play between action and stillness.
Trust the passage of transition and change.
Trust the path of learning and unlearning.
Trust the pace of speeding up and slowing down.
Trust the perfection of blossoming and decomposing.
Trust the pulsations of expansion and contraction.
Trust the process of transformation.
“Just when the caterpillar thought “I am incapable of moving,” it became a butterfly.” Annette Thomas
Let me share with you the life of a caterpillar becoming a butterfly, as I find it to be an inspirational journey of hope, change, transformation and beauty.
He starts off as an egg the size of a pinhead, breaks out of the egg and eats it. Over a few weeks, he continues to eat leaves until he’s 100x bigger. He creates a silken pad on a branch to anchor himself onto, hangs upside down and is now ready to transform. He pushes his own body off from the inside out (splits the skin open from the head and sheds it). He’s now a chrysalis. The outer skin hardens; he digests himself and rebuilds himself. After a couple of days, he breaks out of the hardened skin and emerges as a butterfly.
Life truly is magical and a miracle. When I look at the natural world, I see it all, growth, decay, action, dormancy, repetition, transformation. When I look at my life, I try to trust both the variety and sameness. I try to have faith in the natural timing of things, the progression or lack of it, the twists and turns it takes or doesn’t take.
Do your best and let go of the rest, I once heard someone say.
Particularly over the last year, it’s easy to think and feel it’s been one long recurring ground-hog day, but within that year, life has still moved forward. Some of you may have seen tremendous transformations in your life. Some of you may have seen little. But change and growth are always happening, both on small and big scales, in ways we may or may not notice.
I believe life has a wondrous way of unfolding, presenting us with lessons and experiences that we have to go through to learn and grow from.
“Grapes must be crushed to make wine. Diamonds form under pressure. Olives are pressed to release oil. Seeds grow in
darkness. Whenever you feel crushed, under pressure, pressed, or in darkness, you’re in a powerful place of transformation/transmutation.” Lalah Delia
There will be days when it feels like you’re stuck on the same leaf wanting a change of pasture to nourish yourself, and days when you grow wings, and there’ll be no going back. Either way, trust the phases, the beauty, the pulsation, the pace, the journey of life, and the process of transformation. Personal, professional, relational, environmental, physical, mental, emotional, spiritual… it’s all unfolding just as it’s meant to. Everything is right on time.