Our Superpower

22.12.12

I’ve been on a mission these past weeks to save Monarch butterflies. While we have planted hundreds of milkweed plants, they have been eaten down to their stems. As a result, I’ve been searching for caterpillars and moving them around the yard to plants that still have some leaves. It’s been working. The metamorphosis from caterpillars to chrysalis to butterflies is awe inspiring.

As I reflect on the grace of being able to become part of their transformation cycle, it occurred to me that we all have it within our power to be a catalyst for transformation of others. Here are some lessons from my “butterfly whisperer” stint: 

  • Create a nurturing environment and be aware when things aren’t.
  • Keep an eye out for those who could use some help and find ways to be of service.
  • Use a gentle touch in communicating because the transition may be harder than you think.
  • Understand that the transformation will go at its own pace, and what is happening at the surface isn’t the whole picture.
  • Leave time and space for development.
  • Recognize the beauty in each step forward and celebrate each stage of development.

Naya Rivera noted, “Butterflies can’t see their wings. They can’t see how truly beautiful they are, but everyone else can. People are like that as well.” Our superpower is that we can let others know that we see them and value them. We can take action to support their transformation. We can see the beauty that develops and reflect it back.

This Week’s Challenge: Take time this week to observe what is happening around you. Where can you step in to help another? Remember, sometimes it’s the small things that mean the most. Don’t let opportunities pass you by. This superpower is a muscle that needs exercising.

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1 Comment

  1. Doug Brady on December 13, 2022 at 10:13 pm

    Terrific ME.
    Thanks for sharing.

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