Last week, as we were dropping my daughter off for camp she noticed a chrysalis stuck to our trash can
– How she finds these things, I swear, I have no idea. We kept observing the chrysalis on a daily basis until a couple of days ago when it opened up to this beautiful butterfly.
The story of how the caterpillar transforms into the butterfly has long been used as a metaphor for the process of transforming states of consciousness from one dimension to another, from knowing something on the surface, then undergoing a deep experience that leads to a whole new capacity and perception.
What takes a caterpillar a few weeks can often take a human a few years.
I share this beautiful story with you because one of the things that helped me find my courage and clarity this past year is reminding myself of something I deeply believe about life:
This moment is preparing you for something you can’t see yet.
There is an experience, a person, a skill, or a lesson that you need for something amazing that is coming next. Like Steve Jobs mentioned in his Standford speech,
“You can’t connect the dots moving forward, you can only connect them looking back.” You are on a dot right now that will be part of a bigger picture in your future.
Seeing things from this perspective has been a game-changer in my life and it grounds me in faith and trust. It helps me maintain my humility and perspective when life is easy and it helps me find my resilience and strength when life is hard. And wow, was this last year and a half hard as hell!
What do you feel the gift of this pandemic has been? What’s the new butterfly emerging for you? I’d love to hear your thoughts about this.