Butterflies are a symbol of beauty, light and life. Seeing them fly through my garden in spring always lifts my spirits and renews my faith in the universe; I think, if the butterflies are still here then we must be doing something right…
I look at them with joy and wonder. Catching them at rest always feels slightly magical:
Teachers love the symbolic life cycle of the butterfly too. It is a cornerstone used in primary classrooms to illustrate growth, development and change.
“Where have those flowers and butterflies all gone
That science may have staked the future on?
He seems to say the reason why so much
Should come to nothing must be fairly faced.”
~Robert Frost, “Pod of the Milkweed”
“The caterpillar does all the work but the butterfly gets all the publicity.” (attributed to George Carlin)
“There is nothing in a caterpillar that tells you it’s going to be a butterfly.” (Richard Buckminster Fuller)
“We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty.” (unknown)
“Just like the butterfly, I too will awaken in my own time.” (Deborah Chaskin)
The journey to change is not easy. It is often not pretty. But each stage has a purpose and design… The time and transformation may not be known to us, but we must recognize the value of the process.
“Moss covered paths between scarlet peonies,
Pale jade mountains fill your rustic windows.
I envy you, drunk with flowers,
Butterflies swirling in your dreams.”
~Ch’ien Ch’i, translated by Kenneth Rexroth
“I’ve watched you now a full half-hour;
Self-poised upon that yellow flower
And, little Butterfly! Indeed
I know not if you sleep or feed.
How motionless! – not frozen seas
More motionless! and then
What joy awaits you, when the breeze
Hath found you out among the trees,
And calls you forth again!”
~William Wordsworth, “To a Butterfly”
You are called forth – joy awaits you – take flight!