Thursday, March 19, 2020

What's Your Spring Mantle?

“The butterfly counts not months but moments, and has time enough.” 
~Rabindranath Tagore, Nobel Prize in Literature 1913

On this official first day of spring, beginnings and second chances are sure to be a buzzin’ in your mind. The signs are everywhere. The butterfly metaphor appears in posts, poetry, memes, and Tweets. Sheesh, the Dollar Stores, displayed spring items the day after Valentine’s Day!

Perhaps you can recall your science class in elementary school. Do you remember learning the four stages of the butterfly as an egg, larva, pupa, and adult?

As a butterfly in the making, who do you now seek to be after waking up to this pandemic after a long winter’s nap? 

And what if you’re not prepared to...
show up,
unfurl your wings and,
emerge to proclaim a new title despite all the external urgings to celebrate Sister Spring?!
What if you’re just not ready to face today’s outer chaos despite months of cocooning?

Then stay there.
Be still. 
Find solitude.
Feel peace.
It’s perfect where you are.
You are perfect.

 Perhaps you’re’ still in Stage Two, the caterpillar-butterfly phase.

Yes, you could be “going caterpillar.” 
You’re still cocooning.
Perhaps you’re still devouring the leaf you were “born” on. You’re reading, reflecting, researching, and then responding in words. 

Perhaps you’re growing, expanding, and then molting.
This means you are okay with being in the dark.
This means you are where you are supposed to be.
This means you are “faithing” it until you make it.

Eventually, you will evolve to Stage Three: The Chrysalis Butterfly.

This is when your metamorphosis magic literally unfolds! 
Now the caterpillar morphs into a butterfly. 
Exquisite change is visible.
Here the caterpillar’s old body dies and a new and different shape is completed inside the protective casing (the chrysalis). 

Death begets a beautiful new life.

What butterfly stage are you in?
You'll know the answer the moment you announce your new spring mantle.

Remember what Rabindranath shared, “The butterfly counts not months but moments, and has time enough.”

Appreciating the gift of a condor feather from my Peruvian shaman friend--a reminder to be a “chacaruna”--a bridge person--helping people connect to their authentic selves and messages.
Let’s stay connected!
Lore (like ‘story’) Raymond 
Transformational Author & Thought Leader I Development Editor I Teacher

Here’s how:
* Check out Lore’s Amazon Authors Page with nine books, five of which are #1 Amazon International bestsellers and; Lore Raymond, Author, Book Startup & Message Mentor
Join the Writer’s VisionQuest, free, dynamic private Facebook group for women writers to “take your words somewhere brilliant.”
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