My last article focused on how we all may feel broken, but we are still beautiful. But what about the times when we do not see and feel beauty? What about when everything around us seems ugly and lifeless? This past week I went to a fast food restaurant, and while walking across the drive-thru, I saw a huge yellow butterfly on the ground. He was trying to fly but was damaged. Sounds familiar (like my last article) BUT the difference was this one was still alive! I was excited but concerned that he might get run over by the next drive-thru customer. I went closer and decided I would not try to touch him but offer him a finger. When I see butterflies, I pay attention because they speak to an inner part of my soul.
At first he tried to move away but then I allowed my finger to touch the tip of his feelers. He hesitantly crawled onto my finger. I thanked him for allowing me to help him. I put him into the bush and took a picture before I left him alone. While, I do not know if he was able to fly away or simply die in a more respectful way, I still like to believe I had a purpose in his life.
Fast forward to today when I was driving down the highway and I cringed as a huge butterfly flew smack into my windshield. I almost cried because I have been trying to help them not hurt them. I had collided into the beautiful. Unexpectedly. And sadly. But it made me think…
How many times have we not paid attention to the beauty right in front of us? We go searching for beauty in magazines and in nature and in our experiences…But what are the simply beautiful things that we should take notice of all around us?
Have you collided into the sunrise or the sunset lately? Have you taken notice of the wild flower that grow on the side of the road, just for someone to take notice? Have you caught your child’s smile? The tear of joy on your friend’s face? Sometimes we look everywhere for something to grab our attention, and yet, it may be right in front of us.
Take time to direct your attention to the beauty all around you. You won’t be disappointed that you did!