Researching butterflies on Google this week, I came across an excerpt from the story “Hope for the Flowers” by Trina Paulus.
It’s about a caterpillar called Yellow.
The story’s message started me thinking about the choices we make in order to become an Ultimate Speaker.
When she heard the word butterfly, her whole insides leapt. “But what is a butterfly?”
The cocooned caterpillar explained; “It’s what you are meant to become.”
Yellow was intrigued but a bit defiant. “How can I believe there’s a butterfly inside you or me when all I see is a fuzzy worm?”
On further reflection, she pensively asked. “How does one become a butterfly?”
“You must want to fly so much that you are willing to give up being a caterpillar”
What insights came to you as you read this?
For my client, Kathy, butterflies are fascinating and represent a symbol of change and joy. Kathy is a Copy Writer and Professional speaker. Whenever she needs a break or some positive inspiration, she goes out into her garden and looks for butterflies. Within minutes, she’s motivated and she gets back into her work again!
It wasn’t always this way prior to Kathy coming for speaker training. Like Yellow, she felt challenged seeing past the “fuzzy worm”! She needed proof and to feel a sense of possibility that there was a beautiful transformational butterfly inside before she would believe it.
- Are You afraid of giving up being the caterpillar?
- Is this keeping You stuck from taking the step on Your speaking journey?
- How would You feel if your insides leapt, as Yellow’s did, each time You speak from Your heart and share Your message? What resources do You need to make this happen?
Further research took me to a remarkable blog describing the Transparent Butterfly.
Native to Central America. It’s difficult to see, at first, because of it’s transparent wings. The tissue between the veins of it’s wings looks like the panes of a little glass window. Hence, the popular name, Glasswing.
They prefer to hide in tropical rainforest areas away from predators. The Glasswing’s transparency provides an excellent camouflage and they blend so well making them difficult to see.
As with speaking, we can choose to keep ourselves invisible within the depths of the rainforest. Or we can choose to spread our wings, shine our light and become the magnificent butterfly that we already are.
Which do you relate to?
Butterflies have been seen, for thousands of years, as a symbol for transformation.
The Macquarie Dictionary says transformation is “the act of transforming. The state of being transformed. Change in appearance, nature or character”
You possibly feel, deep in your heart, that you have a message to share even if you don’t know what that is yet. It’s time to look through the panes of your glass wings and notice the positive inspiration you can bring to the world as speak from your heart.
When you believe this, your transformation into the butterfly begins.
“You give but little when you give of your possessions. It is when you give of yourself that you truly give” Kahlil Gibran
Here’s to speaking from Your heart and sharing Your message as You become a beautiful butterfly!