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Colliding Into Beauty

karin rochelle

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!

About Karin Rochelle

My desire is to reach out to women with three goals in mind. Encourage. Enlighten. Engage. I also carry these desires into my music. This year I hope to expand my horizons not just for myself, but for those around me. I would like to encourage women to build each other up, to take risks and focus on goals and succeed in the challenges of everyday life. Nothing is too hard to accomplish with a support system. I want to enlighten or reconnect them to concepts they hold dear but have fallen away from, teaching how to make wiser decisions that not only focus on personal well being but that of mankind.

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  1. Hello ladies 🙂

    I find the whole animal totem symbolism amazing… so much so that I did a quick online quiz to see what my totem animal might be (Kellie, would love to know how you ascertain this!) and guess what it came up with – a butterfly Karin! I copied a section you might be interested in –

    “When the butterfly shows up in your life as a spirit animal or totem, it might indicate the need to look at a conflicting situation with more lightness and different perspective. This totem animal is symbolic of lightness of being and elevation from the heaviness of tensions.

    This power animal invites those who have a connection with it to bring joy and bliss into their lives. Butterflies often have bright colors. By extension, they are associated with aliveness and brightness. The message of this totem animal is to lighten up and add more color to your life. Perhaps it’s time to express yourself more fully and show your colorful personality.”

    It is not so much that I have butterflies coming into my life, but from the questions I answered… 🙂


  2. thank you! I did not know what kind it was but I am so glad to know! I am sorry about you hitting a hawk. I WOULD feel devastated as well!

  3. Love that you receive so much from these wonderful creatures…and that they can count on you to help them when needed. I had a similar experience when I hit a hawk (one of my totem animals). I did cry. Though I was sad at first, it made me realize some deeper things about myself….all very timely. The hawk didn’t die, BTW. I saw him fly away.

    Is case you were wondering, the butterfly you helped was an Eastern Tiger Swallowtail.

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