“Does a caterpillar miss its body when it becomes a butterfly or does it joyfully release it in order to experience transformation?”
– Stacey Hall, Chi-To-Be!
Although I know that change is required in order to grow, I admit that I am still developing my ability to easily release the old in order to accept the new.
In fact, I could say that I am in the ‘sprouting’ stage of easily releasing the old in order to accept the new.
That is because, instead of instantly remembering that everything will eventually change and come to an end as part of the normal process of growth, I more often resist the process of allowing for anything in my life to come to its natural end of its contribution to me.
That’s why I draw inspiration and courage from the caterpillar, which allows itself to transform into something that crawls along the ground with many legs, into a beautiful butterfly whose domain is the sky. What a dramatic, daring…and scary transformation!
And, yet it goes with the flow through its ‘seeding,’ ‘sprouting,’ and ‘blooming’ stages until its growth cycle is complete.
When we understand and accept that the organic nature of all creation, we can then plan for the seeding, sprouting, blooming & harvesting, and resting stages of all that comes into our lives.
We can count on the fact that our relationships with other people will go through this cycle. We can also trust that the development and achievement of our goals will go through this cycle.
Too often, though, we forget to plan for each stage. We are surprised when we get there…and can feel like a victim and out-of-control because we do not know how to manage the stage we are in. We begin to doubt our self and lose our confidence. We slooooooooow doooooooooown the process of growth…delaying our ability to move through the cycle as quickly as is possible.
So, let’s prepare in advance for how we will manage each stage of the cycle, we will be experience peace and confidence when we reach each stage…..especially the ‘resting’ stage.
I find it is easier for me to accept the resting stage when I remember it is not a failure!
The ‘resting’ stage of one cycle is always required in order to create space in my mind and my emotions for a new cycle to be seeded.
Having a list of new goals ready and available for the next ‘seeding’ stage makes it easier to embrace the resting stage for current goals, as Sandy Sutter discovered…
“I AM sharing with you an extra big “Thank You!” for making a difference in my life! After listening to the Chi-To-Be! Audio coaching series, and then discovering my Ultimate B-All, then setting my intention in April to achieve a particular goal by June, I AM happy to share that I reached that goal last night!! Just 50 days after setting my intention. I AM now onward to the next goal!! Thanks to God and to you for inspiring me!” — Sandy Sutter
I invite you to take a moment now to consider this question and share it with us as a comment below —
What goal will you ‘seed’ once you have completed one of your current goals?
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