The butterfly is often used as a symbol of transformation. We use its stages of metamorphosis as a motivation to trust our life’s journey.
When we are in a difficult situation, we metaphorically think that perhaps we are still in a pupa stage struggling inside our cocoon of challenges, but we hope that one day, we will reach our fullest potential as a magnificent butterfly flying around the vast garden of beautiful flowers.
There were highs in my life that I thought I was already a butterfly, but there were low moments, too. I’d tell myself, “Gee, I’m still in the process of transformation. I’m still inside my cocoon.” But life is a journey full of different levels of processes and adjustments. While we wait for the time of being a full-grown butterfly, we can consider the firefly.
From the beginning of its life, there is already a light inside of it because of its bioluminescent abdomen. Like an egg, it already glows, and it’s “fire” continue to shine until it has wings to fly.
I believe we are like fireflies. Right from birth, we were destined to shine.
No matter where we are in our journey, —whether we are still figuring out how to live this life, finding our breakthroughs or already living our dreams—know that there is already a light shining inside us. Dark times make us glow brighter.
It’s very tempting to isolate ourselves during tough times. We hide our light, detach ourselves, and cry in silence.
Maybe we can learn something from fireflies, in the darkest nights, they continue to glow and they seek to shine with the rest.
Fireflies teach us that even the smallest light can shine in a dark forest, and they don’t fly alone. So when they glow together, it brings joy to the observer.
Each of us has Light inside us. In this dark, cruel world, let us choose to glow, reach out to others, and SHINE together.