There is a person you are meant to be. You know this because you’ve dreamed of it. Perhaps that person is a painter or a photographer. Maybe it’s an entrepreneur or a scientist. But whatever the goal, many of us have the same issue in trying to reach it: we tend to only see the people we are now. When we peer in the mirror it’s too easy to find the faults and imperfections, both inside and out. As much as many of us do not want to admit it, we cling to that person inside whom we don’t want to be.
Why do we do this? Maybe it’s because that person is all we know and it’s so difficult to imagine the higher-self beyond.
I’ve done my share of clinging in life, and while it felt comfortable when it occured, over time it only felt empty.
One book in particular opened my eyes to a new way of thinking: Hope for the Flowers by Trina Paulus. Read it to discover its wonderful message for yourself. The journey is worth it. But I will share the line from the book that helped awaken me from fumbling through this world on the ground.
In the book, one of the main characters is a caterpillar named Yellow. One day she stumbles upon another caterpillar who appears caught in some sticky stuff hanging from a limb. When Yellow asks him if he’s in trouble and can she help, he replies, “No, my dear. I have to do this to become a butterfly.”
“How does one become a butterfly?” Yellow asks.
“You must want to fly so much that you are willing to give up being a caterpillar.”
After reading that one line I decided I didn’t want to be a caterpillar for the rest of my life.
What are you willing to give up so you can fly?