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    Stress, Butterflies, Flowers

    Stress, Butterflies, Flowers
    July 13, 2017 4031 Views No comments

    "Stress, Butterflies, Flowers"
    from Living a Five Star Life
    by Betty Mahalik

    A friend of mine, who has a far greener thumb that I, recently took me on a tour of her backyard in the desert of Southwest. She pointed out all the varieties of trees, shrubs and grasses she has planted, but one plant in particular caught my attention. She pointed to a shrub with small dark red blossoms on it, and told me that if you give the plant too much water it doesn't bloom. It thrives and blossoms under just the right amount of environmental stress.

    It reminded me of another story of a butterfly, perched on a windowsill, struggling to escape its cocoon. A helpful observer, watching its struggle, decided to gently cut the creature's cocoon open and free it. When the wet butterfly finally emerged, it was unable to fly because what was intended to be helpful had actually prevented the butterfly from strengthening its wings to prepare for flight.

    I'm not saying that stress is always a good thing. I'm saying, from first-hand experience, that it's not always a bad thing either. We need the right amount of tension to keep us "blossoming." And while we humans are more complex than a plant, we can learn valuable lessons by observing nature.

    If you're in a period where stress seems to be your constant companion, take a lesson from nature.

    Instead of asking, "Why am I having to deal with all of this?" ask yourself what you most need to learn from your experiences. View the situation much like the butterfly must see its cocoon...as a barrier you must break through to become the extraordinary creature you were designed to be.

    It's not always easy to maintain such a perspective. We often make our experiences harder than they have to be by resistance to change, growth or stress. Stay focused and use stress to take you a step closer to the flower or butterfly you want to become.

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