BIRDS, BEES, AND BUTTERFLIES!
(All photos are from My Back Yard!)
MEET STRIPE AND YELLOW…
In 1976 (yes, I am that old!) my big brother, Larry, sent me the bright yellow book, Hope for the Flowers by Trina Paulus. It was inspirational to me at the beginning of my growing spiritual journey…and getting out of complacency. It’s a wonderful, motivating story of two caterpillars, Stripe and Yellow, that is a “tale – partly about revolution and lots about hope for adults and others (including caterpillars who can read” as stated on the book’s cover. Both of them struggle for meaning in life, to climb to the top of a pillar with all the other caterpillars, especially Stripe, to “get to the top”. He and Yellow went up and came back down, tired and sad. As their usual life went on Stripe thought “There must be still more to life” just as Jonathan Livingston Seagull thought!
So Stripe left Yellow to discover the secret of the top. He couldn’t stand not knowing. Heartbroken, not knowing another way, just knowing that the climbing way was not right, Yellow did not go and “waited”, showing the patience it takes for us to get our own “knowing” for our next step.
To me, this is initially about, what Attitudinal Healing calls, fear-base:
- Stress in life
- Criticism; rejection
- Striving to get ahead (higher & higher)
Does this sound like your life, getting on and off a pillar, struggling? Mine sure has at times, especially before I started learning about the choice to change my attitude and live more peacefully with hope…when I felt trapped in an unhappy marriage. Sometimes I’d felt like a “fuzzy worm”! How about you?
“How can I believe there’s a butterfly inside you or me when all is see is a fuzzy worm?” – Yellow in Hope for the Flowers
As the story continues, Yellow embodies the feminine, motivating characteristics of empowerment of others and spreading love! As the leader of love, she begins to transform her attitude into her full Love-base:
- Risk taking
- Helping others
- Sharing LOVE
Then, after Yellow talked to a grey-haired caterpillar, who she compassionately tried to help, who was going into its cocoon, that caterpillar told her,
“You must want to fly so much that you are willing to give up being a caterpillar…. Life is changed, not taken away…. It just takes time.” – Hope for the Flowers, Trina Paulus
There is so much more to the story of Stripe’s struggles and Yellow’s choices. They both have their “dark night of the soul” before their transformations. This talks to us just like Awesome Attitudes (from Attitudinal Healing) does about changing our attitudes:
- Dare to see life differently
- Not following the crowd
- Taking a chance to “let go” of the old, unhelpful beliefs
- Encouragement / inspiration from others (support)
- Letting go of fear
- Choosing courage
- Transformation into something truly beautiful and free
- Taking a chance to open to LOVE
- Sharing Love with others
“What is a butterfly? It’s what you were meant to become. It flies with beautiful wings and joins earth to heaven. It drinks only nectar from the flowers and carries the seeds of love from one flower to another.” – Hope for the Flowers, Trina Paulus
I planted a tall, green Milkweed plant with pink flowers, in my backyard, to attract Monarchs a couple years ago. (Milkweed is the only food of the Monarch caterpillars, so if you want Monarchs, plant Milkweed!) I have had few butterflies until this year when I had a gorgeous, large, orange Monarch flying all around…even a few inches away from my nose! And I had Stripe, the caterpillar, on the leaves and actually have had 6 caterpillars on the leaves of the Milkweed!!! And now more cocoons! And, then butterflies and miraculously, I also have one yellow, yes, yellow, butterfly flying around my yard! So I have both Stripe and Yellow the butterflies! Awesome Love!
“Once you are a butterfly, you can really love – the kind of love that makes new life.” — – Hope for the Flowers, Trina Paulus
“There’s room in the sky for every flyer!? .” — Trina Paulus
DARE TO LIVE
There is a song that relates to this allegory and the principles of Awesome Attitudes:
Dare to Live, Payton Ray
There’s a big old world outside of my door
Ain’t gonna sit and watch it spin by no more
‘Cuz it ain’t slowing down or waiting on me
I’m gonna grab what I can while it’s within my reach
I’m gonna dare to live
I’m gonna live to learn
I’m gonna learn to dream
And I’m gonna dream big
I’m gonna take a risk
And risk it all
‘Til my all is all I have to give
I’m gonna dare to live
You know the past can steal your joy away
We’re not promised tomorrow all we got is today
With each sunrise there’s a brand new start
So take a deep breath and go and follow your heart.
I wish you caterpillars and butterflies in your life…in your mind and your heart to be willing to choose to see and live differently. To choose to learn to live in love, peace and kindness with every sunrise.
All Hope for the Flowers Quotes by Trina Paulus 1972, 2000
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Used with the author’s permission.
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