I wrote the post below in 2009 when I was going through a transition in my workouts. I was reminded of it this morning, while I struggled...Read More
From Caterpillar To Butterfly
A dear friend told me the story below a few years ago, when I was struggling with some personal challenges. Whenever I’m in a time of transition or experiencing “growing pains,” I remember it—and that remarkable woman—very fondly.
Once upon a time…
… a caterpillar and a butterfly sat together on a stem. The caterpillar admired the butterfly’s wings and brilliant colors. “How can I become a butterfly?,” the caterpillar asked.
The butterfly responded:
You have to want to be a butterfly so much that you’re willing to give up being a caterpillar.
It’s simple (but not easy): For your current circumstances to change, you must allow change happen. Be committed to change. Do the work to change.
So when I feel stuck, I ask myself: Are you being resistant to a new routine? Is your affection or nostalgia for what you’re doing now—what’s comfortable—preventing you from moving forward with something new and better-for-you-right-now? Are you letting fear of change keep you from adapting? Can you let go of what you’ve been and been doing to become something new?