They're coming to get me....

I've been seeing butterflies EVERYWHERE. Every single day for the past 2 weeks I've seen at least 1 butterfly a day.  I haven't ...

I've been seeing butterflies EVERYWHERE.
Every single day for the past 2 weeks I've seen at least 1 butterfly a day.  I haven't had to seek them out, as they often fly right in front of me, around me, or divebomb me.

Apparently, butterflies represent profound change.  They are "a symbol of transformation because of its impressive process of metamorphosis."

"Herein lies the deepest symbolic lesson of the butterfly. She asks us to accept the changes in our lives as casually as she does. The butterfly unquestioningly embraces the chan[g]es of her environment and her body."

From another site:  "The Greeks likened the butterfly’s constant flitting from flower to flower to the restlessness of the mind: constantly changing from subject to subject. Indeed, the Greek word for butterfly is ‘psyche’ from where we get our word ‘psychology’ – the study of the mind."

From Wikipedia:  "In some old cultures, butterflies also symbolize rebirth into a new life after being inside a cocoon for a period of time."

So thanks to these little flying pieces of art my mind has been preoccupied with thoughts of change, of transformation, of rebirth.  I know there's a bigger picture somewhere in all of this. I just can't see it yet.

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18 comments

  1. Makes me wonder if the caterpillar can see the big picture. Does it know that it will soon cocoon up and then be transformed into something we silly humans consider beautiful? Maybe that's part of change and transformation - not knowing the outcome but being all that a caterpillar can be today...

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  2. I've been seeing tons of butterflies lately too !!! And after reading your post, I'm now very happy with this development :) Change = gooooood

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  3. Amy/FGCR-- there you go being all wise and shit. Giving me things to think about...

    Briana-- change can be good or bad -- but our willingness to give up control is the true beauty of the situation, imho.

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  4. Maybe that means we're all caterpillars, in a way... we don't know what the outcome will be, but as we push ourselves and live the best caterpillar lives we possibly can, one day we will be surprised to discover that we've become butterflies!

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  5. I've seen a ton of butterflies too of all different colors. I think it just means we're going to have a lot of snow this winter ... never heard that before though. Just wishful thinking I guess. :)

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  6. LOL!! It's migration time for Monarchs! We live in a migration path, and usually have "flocks" of them passing through during September and October.

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  7. Melinda -- or that we've always been butterflies and just didn't notice it.

    David -- I love snow! I hope it means lots of snow. I will think wishfully with you too!

    Angela -- I know about the monarch migration, but i don't think I ever remember them just being so in-your-face about it. I think it's absolutely wonderful that these delicate little bugs take epic journeys.

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  8. Can't wait until the picture is revealed! :)

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  9. I've noticed a ton of butterflies around lately, too. My puppy, Maddie, loves to try and catch them!

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  10. I haven't noticed any butterflies this season...yikes. You lucky girl.

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  11. Butterflies represent change huh. Profound change... I haven't noticed tons,but they have accompanied me on my walks from time to time. Don't they eat mosquitos? Probably not, that would be wishful thinking.

    Are you looking for greater change in your life than the changes you are making to get healthy?

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  12. Apparently butterflies aren't allowed around here in the "hood" (i.e. downtown Atlanta), but it definitely sounds like you have a good omen going on! Best of luck to you!

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  13. HFP: it's kinda like waiting for a polaroid, eh?

    Kristin: I hope it's catch & release?

    Just Me & Jimmy: grow your own butterflies? http://www.butterfly-gifts.com/live-butterfly-kits.html

    Patrick: Butterflies don't eat mosquitos -- they drink nectar from their proboscis http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DnoBsH50Fj8

    As for the rest of your question, well I'm keeping my cards close.

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  14. Good point... but you forgot to mention that butterflies are low calorie and medium-high in protein.

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  15. jack -- i believe there are a few species that are poisonous....

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  16. There are a ton of butterflies around here too. My 2 year old is fascinated with them right now - and I've seen a lot of white moths...which I've never seen before.

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  17. I love your positive outlook. Very cool!

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  18. Joanna-- I've seen tons of white moths too. I wonder what that could mean. **shrugs**

    Val -- If i weren't so positive there would be a chance i'd be crying all the time. Sometimes it's genuine, sometimes it's bravado. But either way, I try to keep my chin up.

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