I Want to Be Like a Caterpillar

 

I love spring and all the renewal of life that comes to the big sky country where I live. I love seeing green once again after months of leafless brown and yellow trees. I love seeing children’s faces light up when warm days arrive that allow them to play outside in the sunshine!

Spring always reminds me of the good things that change can bring and that is why I want to be like a caterpillar.  Just like a caterpillar…I want to be the object of a beautiful transformation.

I’m mostly interested in being the kind of caterpillar that turns into an attractive butterfly mainly because I want my story to be one of both growth and beauty.

Just like a caterpillar…I want to grow and to be willing to cast off old skins when my growth exceeds my current “skin”.  Just like a caterpillar – I want my growth to be exponential. Lastly, I want my growth and maturation to reach the point where a transformation is butterfly obvious and can be felt by all who know me.

When it comes time for others to look back on my life…It doesn’t matter to me if others see obvious stages in my life but I would love for others to be able to see my life as a pilgrimage – a voyage in which an ordinary person continued to be an ordinary person who was able to accomplish extraordinary things because of her willingness to allow God to guide her life.

For me, being a caterpillar is a lot like being the clay in a potter’s hands. I want mine to be a story of an ordinary caterpillar transformed into a majestic butterfly by “The Potter.”  Hope you enjoy the beautiful transformation that spring brings this year!

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What I Want My Grandchildren to Know

I have noticed that there seems to be some confused folks in this world…folks who think that what they do, say, or think doesn’t matter. I want my grandchildren to know that it all matters. Everything we do, say and think…matters a lot.

If you are one of those folks that thinks that your life or what you do doesn’t matter…or maybe that it only matters if you are rich or famous then I hope you will re-think your opinion.

Think about this. ..What if your thoughts are constantly the negative kind. You know – the kind that tell yourself that you will never measure up, that you will never amount to anything, that you will never be able to do what you want to do or maybe even that you are stupid? Will those thoughts give you confidence? Do they encourage you to reach for your potential? Do they even help you believe that you can make a difference in this world?

Now think back to the last time your heart was touched by a kind deed. Maybe the grocery clerk smiled and expressed genuine interest. Maybe someone much frailer than you held a door for you. Maybe you got a big hug from a grandchild or even a child you barely know. Didn’t that small gesture brighten your day and didn’t it make you feel better? Your kind deeds have the potential to do the same for someone else.

Our thoughts have the ability to lift us or stifle us. The interesting thing it is all up to us. No one else can control our thoughts. No one else can determine our attitude and our outlook but we can – and how we do it matters. Our thoughts will steer our direction in life and they can have a positive influence on others if we will make it a habit of making those thoughts positive and constructive.

What we say matters too! I, for one, have never seen anyone helped our uplifted by moaning and complaining but I sure have seen another whose lot in life seemed more difficult than mine inspire me because of their kind words and their willingness to look beyond their personal difficulties and reach in positive ways out to those around them.

And then there’s that “do” thing. Have you ever done something without at least thinking about it first? That’s how life works…thoughts preceding actions. Which means are thoughts are extremely important when it comes to actions.

I want my grandchildren to know that it matters how you think, how you talk, and how you act. Your thoughts can build you and those around you or they can hold you prisoner and ruin your life. Being kind with your thoughts and your words will never hurt you…it will only help you. And your actions count. What goes around comes around. Life works in circles. Being courteous, kind and loving will not only make this world a better place to live…it will make your life a better and more blessed one!

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