February 25, 2022

Transformation isn't all it's cracked up to be

We are obsessed with transformation. And I'm in the coaching world, so I should know!⁠

⁠Everywhere you look, there's another quote encouraging us to keep going, keep striving, because one day we will emerge as a beautiful butterfly.⁠

⁠This one from The Little Prince has got to be the most depressing: "Well, I must endure the presence of a few caterpillars if I wish to become acquainted with the butterflies."⁠

⁠Caterpillars (both butterfly and moth larvae) are just as varied as butterflies. They can be fuzzy, furry, spiky, horned, smooth, bright, striped, or spotted.⁠

⁠They exist for the pleasure of eating and growing bigger and bigger. They also contribute to the ecosystem by serving as highly nutritious food for birds and other predators. One naturalist calls moth caterpillars "nature's hotdogs." ๐ŸŒญ๐Ÿ˜†⁠

⁠(By the way, butterflies are also bird food. All that miraculous transformation doesn't protect them from predators.)⁠

⁠๐Ÿ›๐—ช๐—ฒ ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ ๐—ฎ๐—น๐—น ๐—ฐ๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—ฝ๐—ถ๐—น๐—น๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐˜€.๐Ÿ›⁠

⁠We go through mini-transformations on a regular basis while in our caterpillar state. Just like a caterpillar molts and sheds its skin several times as it grows bigger, we also grow as we shed our old ways, ideas, attitudes and behaviors.⁠⁠

We can keep doing that over and over throughout our lifetimes.⁠

⁠However, once a butterfly goes through its final major transformation, it only lives for a few short weeks. The butterfly stage is the END. There is no further transformation. ⁠

⁠Why are we so eager to get out of the caterpillar stage?⁠

⁠Personally, I'm happy to stay in my caterpillar stage as long as I can, all cute and chubby and colorful. To keep exploring, keep growing, keep eating everything in sight ๐Ÿ˜‰. I'm in no hurry for the "end" to come, whatever that even is. ⁠

⁠Is it even possible to stop growing? Would I want to?⁠

⁠P.S. I just hope I don't get chomped by a hungry Grosbeak.⁠

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