“The little caterpillar finds certain strange stirrings going on within himself. The old green leaf he lives on, no longer seems sufficient. He becomes discontented, but – and this is the vital point – it is a divine discontent. He feels the need for a bigger, finer, & more interesting life. His instinct tells him that where there is a true desire that must be fulfilment – and the butterfly emerges, free, unrestricted, his own True self.”
The greatest lie we tell ourselves is that we cannot do it! Imagine the person you would be if you removed the cannot. If you decided to make a shift, what would your ideal life be and how would you be living it? Out loud or in the shadows? What would be your ideal sanctuary to retire to after interacting with the world at the end of the day? Mine would be a cottage somewhere either near the beach or near a forest, I’m very much in tune with nature and love spending as much time as possible communing with it. I love the crisp smell that cleanses the senses, I also appreciate the quietness it brings. How much money is enough for you to live comfortably and how would you like that income to be generated? Working for someone else or earning money from your own business?
There’s a period in all our lives when we become like that butterfly, a period when that ‘green leaf’ we’ve been sitting on for God knows how long becomes so insufficient to our growth process that we become discontented. When I asked myself these questions during my period of discontent, the responses I wrote down were an eye-opener. It’s amazing how the truth can set you free from the constraints of self-doubt and all the cannots become cans!
Society has programmed us into believing that what we want out of life is so far out of reach that we begin to convince ourselves the same which makes it easy to make a home on that “green leaf.” But there’s always an opportunity for true fulfilment and to become your true self.
This as my contribution to Debbie’s Forgiving Friday series, where she writes about and invite others to share their thoughts on Forgiveness, Self-Love and Personal Growth. Debbie, thank you and I am so grateful for the opportunity to contribute to your blog.
©Etta D. Richards