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Monday, July 26, 2021

Caterpillar's Wisdom: Personal Transformation is Worth Investing In

Io Moth Caterpillar
Personal transformation is worth investing in. For Lepidopterans (butterflies, moths, and their larval form, caterpillars) the continuation of their species is dependent upon each of its members undergoing a personal transformation called complete metamorphosis. After filling up on favored food plants over the course of several months, caterpillars undergo the most extreme form of personal transformation in the world. Within the chrysalis or cocoon, all body parts are broken down and then re-organized into a totally new form. What was once caterpillar emerges from chrysalis as butterfly and from cocoon as moth. Flight doesn't happen without personal transformation. The next season of life cannot happen without personal transformation.
Monarch Butterfly

One thing I imagine our lepidopteran neighbors trying to teach is that personal transformation is worth investing in. People are capable of changing, growing, and transforming physically, mentally, emotionally, and relationally. Take a lesson from a lepidopteran. Invest time and energy in your personal transformation. When you do, you'll be empowered to spread your wings into the next season of your life, wherever the path may lead.

While you're at it, return your gratitude for this gift of inspiration by building neighborly relationships with the caterpillars, butterflies, and moths who live near you. Landscape with native plants and refrain from using harmful chemicals on the land that you manage. Your lepidopteran neighbors will thank you.


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