Hanging On By A Thread
--by mindyjourney, posted Oct 1, 2021
Hanging on by a thread.
🐛 Her words reminded me of the monarch caterpillar that I have been caring for who had just that morning morphed into a chrysalis.
After eating and eating and eating on milkweed leaves from our garden, the hungry caterpillar found a comfy spot at the top of the mesh butterfly enclosure and spun a silken thread to attach itself there. The caterpillar hung upside-down in a J shape for a day or so. Then, in less than a few hours of wriggling contortions, the caterpillar was a beautiful green chrysalis!
All the research I’ve done indicates that the metamorphosis into a butterfly should take between 10-12 days. I can only imagine what is going on in there, but I’m sure it’s a struggle and restructuring of immense proportions.
Aren’t we all doing the same to some degree lately?
These especially challenging times are presenting us with the inevitable lessons needed for our inner selves to use as food for growth.
Not easy? You bet! Worth it? Yes!
Hanging on by a thread as we transform, keep in mind the beautiful wings we are growing. We are all somewhere in the midst of that miraculous process.
Trust the process. Have faith. Know that YOU are becoming the most beautiful you that you can be.
🦋 Oh, and what flight you will take on those colorful wings!
*Many thanks to our local library for the loan of the butterfly enclosure. They raised and released painted butterflies as part of their children’s summer reading program this year.
**I had no idea that planting a few milkweed plants would lead to such a fascinating study of caterpillars and butterflies. Grateful for the Universe’s nudge to follow that interest. The caterpillar has kept me mindfully occupied and fascinated during our recent CoVid-19 self-isolation. 🙏
***With our unpredictable weather - 6 inches of snow mid-September last year, I am sheltering another caterpillar that looks near to forming a chrysalis.