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Monday, April 18, 2011

A Lesson from a Butterfly


Lately, I've been taking the same walk everyday.

Along the creek

Up the steps

Past the tree where I like to perch
To the shrine
Yesterday I was going through the same motions of walking past these now-familiar landmarks, until suddenly a butterfly fluttered across my path and perched on a blooming flower before me.

And with out saying a word this butterfly shattered my paradigm that anything could stay the same even from one moment to the next. I realized that I this walk was unique from the one I took the day before. Though I had almost overlooked it, my surroundings and I were both different from the day before. With each flap of its paper-thin wings it proclaimed:

Nothing remains constant
From moment
to moment
to moment
Elements collide
You breathe in
You breathe out
The world pulses
When you observe tiny changes
that occur from moment
to moment
within and around you
Then when something dramatic shifts,
your fresh eyes and new heart,
are more prepared to understand and accept
that nothing could have ever remained constant

And then it was gone, to visit another flower, never knowing that it had changed my world.

May many butterflies cross your path. Perhaps one as beautiful as this peacock-patterned butterfly who I came across in Taiwan.


2 comments:

Naoko April 19, 2011 at 6:36 PM  

Oh my beautiful home town! The shrine! Yomogi Mochi looked soooooo good on your website.

GM May 1, 2011 at 7:18 PM  

Life is change. Nothing ever stays the same. This too shall pass.
Loved reading your post Leanne!

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