“You do not just wake up and become the butterfly—Growth is a process.” ~Rupi Kaur
No matter how badly I may want to see changes in myself overnight, internal growth and transformation is always a slow process. Just like the caterpillar must do in the chrysalis, real transformation requires letting go of who I was before I can grow into what I’m becoming.
On those days when it feels like my life is crumbling around my ears, I cling to image of the butterfly and remind myself again and again of the importance of letting go, waiting patiently through the hidden and often undefined process of unbecoming and re-becoming in the chrysalis, and being ready to spread my wings once it’s time to emerge.
Just because I feel lost and uncertain doesn’t mean I’m on the wrong track. It usually means that I’m right where I need to be in the process of growth.
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“Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom.” ~Viktor Frankl
Learning to recognize and take advantage of that space is one of the most self-empowering things we can ever do because it returns our choices back to us. Growth and freedom always comes in taking advantage of those choices rather than defaulting to our current programming.
“When you feel yourself breaking down, may you break open instead. May every experience in life be a door that opens your heart, expands your understanding, and leads you to freedom.” ~Elizabeth Lesser
We can’t control the things in life that leave us feeling bruised and broken, but we can control how we respond to them. We can choose to let them break us down into smaller versions of ourselves, or we can choose to let them break us open to more expansive versions.
I hope you’ll choose to break open.
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What hurts you, blesses you.
Darkness is your candle.
Your boundaries are your quest.
What blessing can you find hidden in whatever darkness you are facing? Don’t dismiss what hurts you. Instead, dive deep to find what it can teach you.
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“On the other side of a storm is the strength that comes from having navigated through it. Raise your sail and begin.” ~Gregory S. Williams
Life’s storms may not be pleasant, but when we face them head-on, we always come out the other side stronger and more resilient.
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