Weekly Inspiration: Change

BUTTERFLY

by Jana Stanfield and Joyce Johnson Rouse

I was sitting alone on a hillside, confused about what to do

My choices were all complicated, it was time to think things through

I spotted a striped caterpillar stretching his face to the sky

Dragging his cumbersome body an inch at a time.

I was feeling the pain of slow progress, when a friend of his fluttered by

I leaned close as the caterpillar spoke with a voice as soft as a sigh. He said:

Butterfly, please tell me again, I’m gonna be alright

I can feel a change is comin’, I can feel it in my skin

I can feel myself outgrowing this life I’ve been living in

And I’m afraid, afraid of change

So, Butterfly, please tell me again I’m gonna be alright

I’m like my friend caterpillar, afraid of that dark cocoon

Wanting to hide in the tall grass from change that is coming soon

All of the things that we long for are born on the wings of change

Losses can lead us to blessings that we can’t explain

Butterflies remind us, there’s magic in every life

And we can be all that we dream of, if fat furry worms can fly

Butterfly, please tell me again, I’m gonna be alright

I can feel a change is comin’, I can feel it in my skin

I can feel myself outgrowing this life I’ve been living in

And I’m afraid, afraid of change

So, Butterfly, please tell me again I’m gonna be alright

On the day of my last breath

I expect to see angels like butterflies over my head, and I’ll say

Butterfly, please tell me again, I’m gonna be alright

I can feel a change is comin’, I can feel it in my skin

I can feel myself outgrowing this life I’ve been living in

And I’m afraid, afraid of change

So, Butterfly, please tell me again I’m gonna be alright

My mom shared the words to this song with me and I thought about how true they are sometimes.  Change can be scary and hard because it requires a level of trust.  It requires us to stretch ourselves and have faith that the change is for the better, even if we can’t see it from where we are now.  Change is inevitable, we all know that on some level, but I’ve come to believe that within each change, especially the big ones, the ones that scare and stretch us the most, there is a dare.  A dare to be greater, a dare to take a leap out into the nothingness and trust that all you need will be there, a dare to be more than you thought you could.  There’s power in that, in risking it all, in daring to believe in something bigger and grander than yourself and that there’s a purpose in everything.  The dare for me along my journey was to believe, despite what it looked like, that something beautiful was happening, that everyday, in big and small ways, something beautiful is happening.  I believe that with all my heart and, no, it’s not always easy or clean, sometimes you have to roll up your sleeves and get dirty, sometimes you just have to put one foot in front of the other and take the next step forward.  But I can tell you this, when you believe it’s all for your good, looking for the beauty and the lessons in the muck and mire of life, magic happens.  What looks like an end becomes a beginning.  What seems like a defeat becomes your greatest victory.  What seems to shatter you beyond repair becomes the beautiful mosaic of your life transforming you into the person you were always meant to be.  It’s a choice.  I chose to dare to believe that something beautiful is happening.

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One Comment

  1. nancy johnston
    Posted December 7, 2010 at 1:40 am | Permalink

    AMAZING GRACE!!!! Your journey has taught me to believe….

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