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You Are a Butterfly


“You Are a Butterfly” by Joan Y. Edwards

Stages of a Person’s Life Mimic the Life Cycle of a Butterfly. A Writer’s Life imitates the Life Cycle of a Butterfly, too. You are a butterfly of beauty.

Eggs

As a Person, you don’t know what you’re going to be, but you’re in an egg. Protected from outside influences.

As a Writer, you don’t know what you’re going to write. You only know that you feel good when you’re doing it.

YouTube Video of Caterpillar breaking through its egg. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0t0ANXNSBoI uploaded by finhawg

Larvae – Caterpillars

Shutterfly – My Slides of Painted Lady Caterpillars. I ordered two containers of caterpillars. Five in each container from Insect Lore. I got them to release for our Bruffey/Meyer Reunion, however, butterflies, like writing ideas, have a time slot all their own. Two emerged the day after the reunion. They were still beautiful. Sometimes you can’t rush your life, your writing and ideas. They need time.

As a Person: You hatch into a caterpillar. You eat certain foods. Then in 7-10 days you get this brilliant idea to hang upside down. You get an understanding deep in your soul, that if you’re patient and hang around for 24 hours, you’ll change.

As a Writer: You crawl around looking for ideas to write about. You gather them and eat them up. You get so excited about all these ideas in your head at once.  You hang upside down to get a different view of what you’re seeing, hearing, smelling, touching, and tasting. You get all of your emotions inside to get a better idea of how to express them.

Chrysalises

I used to call them cocoons when I was a child. However, I’ve learned that the right word for a butterfly is chrysalis.  You can sit and watch the caterpillar hang.  I wish I had a time- lapse camera, but one day I kept checking after a caterpillar hung upside down. It seemed like it was only about 4 hours before it changed. It may have been 24 hours.  God will perform great things within you and you will be perceived as different, more beautiful, wiser and able to reach more places than you’ve ever been able to achieve.

Shutterfly – My slides of Painted Lady Chrysalises.

You Tube Caterpillar Shedding Skin Its  Chrysalis http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EigVmZUjYe8&feature=player_embedded uploaded by fiuhawg.

As a Person: Then after you hang around for 7-10 days you learn a lot of skills about adding color to your life and realize that you are only one part of a big universe of people, animals, and plants.  You decide that you can indeed make a difference in this world, if you apply the skills and knowledge that God has shown you the last 7-10 days of your life. God will perform great things within you and you will be perceived as different, more beautiful, wiser and able to reach more places than you’ve ever been able to achieve. You emerge free-er than you’ve ever been before. You go from place to place cheering people. They smile whenever they see you. They plant flowers to feed you. They look out for you. You cross-pollinate plants to help the universe.

As a Writer: While you are hanging around in the chrysalis form, you figure out a way to put spotlights of color to tell your viewpoint of this world: to explain, to teach, to delight, to inspire, to free from bondage.

Butterflies

Shutterfly – My slides of Painted Lady Butterflies, their release, and sometimes I caught them in the sky. Sometimes they flew so fast, that I only got a picture of the sky. I had ten altogether. Some went east, some went north, some went south, some went west.  I got at least three pictures of them in the sky.  The last time I did it, I only snapped a picture of one in the air. So I did better.

1. BioEdOnline YouTube Video of a Painted Lady Butterfly Emerging from Its Chrysalis http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QYQbqHOSd4I&feature=related

2. JC Megabyte YouTube Video Painted Lady Butterfly Emerges http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tkiU9uFwqmw&playnext=1&list=PL5A120C53E5C75559

3. BioEdOnline YouTube Video Close-up of a Painted Lady Butterfly http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ChFw4puzWfc&feature=related

As a Person: You emerge free-er than you’ve ever been before. You go from place to place cheering people. They smile whenever they see you.

As a Writer: You emerge knowing the best way to share your writing. You find others who share your vision. Your writing helps people understand. They share what you wrote with others. Little by little, your word gets around the universe in all the right places.

Mating and Laying Eggs

YouTube Video of Painted Lady Butterflies Mating http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1-92ayCKHDQ uploaded by eb427.

As a Person: You find a lovely mate. Someone who shares your beliefs, your interests, who loves you. You build your life together.  You may have children. Every day you say to yourself, “I’ve done the best anyone could do with the knowledge, skills, and wisdom I have at this moment. Thank you, God for this life you have given me.”

As a Writer: You find a way to share what you’ve written with others. Sharing your ideas by writing is one of the highest means of communicating with others:  Note,  Letter, newspaper, magazine, book, skit, play, movie, DVD, class, workshop, class, luncheons, meetings, organizations, websites, blogs, Facebook, Twitter, etc. Each time before you share, you say to yourself, “I’ve done a good job. I’ve done all I could possibly do with the knowledge, skills, and wisdom I have at this moment in time. This is the best writing I can do on this subject right now. Thank you, God for this opportunity to share my writing.”

Good luck to you with your writing. May you find the courage to write what inspires you. May you find the knowledge to explain what intrigues you. May you find the love from realizing that God has given you a purpose in living. May you find the joy of being you. There is no other you. You are the one that God chose for this honor. Enjoy and celebrate each stage of your life.

Thank you for being on my path. Look around you for the beauty within and around you. I’d be honored if you would sign up for an email subscription from the column on the  left.

Never Give Up!
Joan Y. Edwards

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Copyright © 2011 Joan Y. Edwards and her licensors.

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6 Responses

  1. HI Joan,

    I like the comparison of a writer to a butterfly. It is exciting when beautiful ideas emerge.

    Thanks for sharing your butterfly project and release.

    Linda A.

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    • Dear Linda, Thanks for saying you liked the comparison of a writer to a butterfly. You’re welcome for my sharing my pictures. Do something to celebrate you that is fun and energizing.

      Have a Flip Flap Floodle Day!

      Joan Y. Edwards, Author/Illustrator Flip Flap Floodle at Amazon http://www.amazon.com/Flip-Flap-Floodle-Joan-Edwards/dp/1594572852/ Website http://www.joanyedwards.com Never Give Up Blog http://www.joanyedwards.wordpress.com

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  2. You sure got a lot of mileage out of the butterfly metaphor. Zowie!

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    • Dear Carol,
      I’m glad you liked it. The butterflies flew from place to place. They got a lot of mileage out of it, too. Thanks for your compliment. I appreciate your reading my blog on a regular basis.
      Do something fun for you!
      Joan Y. Edwards

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  3. Hi Joan,

    I thought of you when I read this:

    “Metamorphosis”

    Metamorphosis:
    Caterpillar, chrysalis,
    Butterfly is born.

    Mary Ann Hoberman

    Joan, keep finding similarities between nature and us.
    Linda A.

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    • Dear Linda,
      Thanks for sharing the “Metamorphosis” poem. I’ll look for other similarities between nature and us. Hmm. There’s so much nature out there.
      Thanks for reading my blog.
      Do something fun for you out in nature today.
      Joan Y. Edwards

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