On the surface, it seems as if the caterpillar is undeveloped! It neither has the wingspan or the smooth glide of a butterfly.
However, the shadow of a caterpillar only traces its shape, not revealing the depth of its essence.
The secret of the caterpillar is that it already embodies the beautiful spirit of the butterfly.
While growing up, you may feel lost in a large world. Like a caterpillar, you tread slowly along spiky leaves, rough tree bark, and dark nights to discover your footing in the world. Who am I? Why am I here?
You see life through the eyes of a caterpillar: you look at the expansive world and feel overwhelmed by its infinite possibilities. You are lost, having yet to discover the freedom of a butterfly’s wings. However, you have been crawling, filtering life, and discovering flowers all the same! Life is a journey!
A caterpillar’s main purpose is to eat as much energy as possible so it can transform into a butterfly. The days of crawling builds the caterpillar’s stamina, predators shape the caterpillar’s perspective of the world, and eating different plants reveals the caterpillar’s likes and dislikes. The caterpillar’s journey is ever-expanding, not defined by the end result of having wings. Living is my purpose.
By living, the caterpillar has been absorbing the experiences that shape its wings! The lost caterpillar has been creating the confident perspective of the butterfly that glances from above. I know who I am, because I have lived.
Thus, the caterpillar’s life is a journey back home to oneself.
The caterpillar is discovering the freedom of the butterfly spirit that has always existed within. When the caterpillar embodies the butterfly, it is embodying the beauty it had all along. The difference is that the caterpillar has finally discovered it. I embrace the beauty of who I am.
Now, the butterfly is ready to pollinate flowers. After being a caterpillar, the butterfly realizes how it can achieve a long journey, fly away from predators, and enjoy the tastiest energy source of flowers. Understanding my authentic self leads to the realization of my purpose.
Finally, the caterpillar’s depth finds its life in the butterfly’s wings.