Sounds good doesn't it? That is unless you are about to embark on perhaps the biggest CHANGE of your life, as I am. I believe heartily in CHANGE nearly always being a good thing. A graceful transformation, a fresh perspective, or a new path are what the Butterfly's journey from a caterpillar can teach us.
In most cultures the Butterfly has many symbolic meanings and messages:
*Change, Transformation, Growth
*Release of fears
*Taking the journey to know oneself
*Seeing the possibilities in transformation
*Love and Rebirth
*Personification of the Soul
*Spreading your wings
All of the above sound absolutely wonderful and the intellectual part of me is all for this major CHANGE I am about to make, but emotionally...not so much. After living in my home for the past 38 years I am nearing the end of the process to more or less trade homes with a wonderful young man. We are actually buying each others homes.
About a year ago I mentioned to my Book Group that I was planning to downsize in the next year. My current home, although, well loved and full of so many wonderful memories is too big, too expensive, and too much to take care of. I want to simplify in all areas of my life...tighten and tidy things up and have more time for the projects and people I love.
One of my friends in the group said that her son, who lives less than a block from me (on the same street) was looking for a bigger project, as he had finished renovating his much smaller home and was looking for a larger project. So within days C. and I started our communication and for the last 6 months we have worked toward our goal of buying each others homes. The closing is set for next week. After lots of texts, phone calls, visits, paperwork, appraisals and so on we seem to be in the last stretch of this process. If all goes as planned, my new young friend and I will be the proud owners of "new to us" homes.
Of all the homes sold in the world how often do people buy each others homes and how often are they a 2 minute walk from each other. The synchronicity of this blows me away. We are avoiding realtor fees and the hassle of looking for a house and showing our own. Having forged a friendship with C. in the interim is a sweet bonus. I won't be popping any champagne corks until we've signed and exchanged keys and my fingers are cramping from keeping them crossed, but it's looking very good.
But the CHANGE, the move, the sorting, the disposing, the planning is overwhelming if I think too far ahead. Trying to take it one day, sometimes one hour at a time. Last week, sitting on my patio contemplating leaving a place I love so dearly a single orange and black Butterfly landed very near me. It would flutter around and return to the same spot. I went indoors and retrieved my camera and was then able to get extremely close without it moving and take a photo.
That single Butterfly came to symbolize to me the next phase of my life. It reminded me not to be afraid but welcome this CHANGE with wings spread.
If a Butterfly actually lands on you it's guaranteed Good Luck!
PS....Below is NOT my photo. When and if one does land on me I will certainly let you know then I'm going to Las Vegas.