Caterpillar to Butterfly

Richard Bach wrote, “What the caterpillar calls the end of life, the master calls a butterfly.”  No matter where we are in life you and I know instinctively that we can free ourselves from our cocoon and soar like a butterfly. We may become stuck but there is always a voice that prods us to be more, to test ourselves to live fully.

Recently, I read about a woman named Valerie Rickel who at 39 moved from Los Angeles, where she had lived her entire life, to a small town in Oregon. She had a deep faith that something more was awaiting her. She knew she needed to make a change and so she asked herself two questions: “How do I muster up the courage to make the changes that I so desperately want to make?” And, “What will happen to me if I don’t find the courage to make these changes?” How we answer these questions will determine the quality of our life. Will we live our dreams? Or will we live a mediocre life? The choice is ours.

Life is a continual process of growth. If we try something new and it doesn’t work out as we had planned, it’s not a mistake it’s a learning opportunity. Recently, one of my sons picked up his family and moved to a place he wanted to return to, he had dreamed about making the move for years. In a short time he returned to the city he had just left. When we spoke about it after he returned, he didn’t feel like he failed, he felt it was a great experience. He felt good that he had the courage to make the attempt, rather than spending his life wondering if he could have made it. He also knows that if he takes what he learned in the first attempt he may be more successful the next time. As Les Brown wrote, “We must look for a way to be an active force in our lives. We must take charge of our own destinies, design a life of substance and truly begin to live our dreams.”


About revrgfox

Rev. Ron Fox serves as the minister of the Center for Spiritual Living-Space Coast in Rockledge, Florida. Prior to serving in Florida, he was the minister of the Spiritual Enrichment Center in Peoria, Arizona; he has also served in Auburn and Seal Beach, California. Rev. Ron has served as an Ecclesiastical Representative, Chair of the Asilomar Planning Committee, and Chair of the UCSL Awards Committee. He is a gifted speaker and a published writer, and his inspirational style is coupled with a keen sense of humor, making him a favorite with audiences everywhere he has spoken. Rev. Ron and his wife Becky, a UCSL Practitioner, graphic designer and artist, reside in Merritt Island, Florida.

Posted on May 15, 2014, in Inspirational and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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