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Most of you know that I am working on the Bertha sequel…and…if you didn’t…well…you do now…anyway…yesterday I was working on a story about accepting change…basically…Bertha…is teaching me about accepting change…by planting…what most people would call a butterfly garden…but…not being most people…Bertha calls it her…transformation garden…

Here’s an excerpt…Bertha…is relating her memories of spending time in her Grandma Minnie Mae’s transformation garden as a child…

“Then one day she said she noticed a butterfly and it was so beautiful but she got to thinking that it wasn’t so long ago that it was a fat and sassy caterpillar minding its own business when without warning it started to cocoon. She said she allowed that although it possibly wasn’t excited about the change at first that it was probably happy once it was settled down inside that snuggly cocoon. Then before it could even get in a good nap—it started changing again…”

So…of course…the concept of change and transformation…has been on my mind a lot since then…and…Bertha…has been all too happy to continue to give me insights…

First…I’m thinking…that of course the caterpillar should want to transform in to a butterfly…butterflies…rock…they’re beautiful…they flutter…they fly…who wouldn’t want to be a butterfly…

Then…she explained…the butterfly isn’t…better…than the caterpillar…it’s only different…and…that my perception that it is…better…is just that…my perception…and…that in truth…each stage of the metamorphosis…is equally important…cannot be rushed…is vital…

She used my writing as an example…I wrote and published Bertha-Size Your Life!…as a caterpillar…I thought I was a butterfly…but…I wasn’t…then…disillusioned…I stopped writing for a period of time…I cocooned…now…as I’m writing again…I’m emerging…into…a butterfly…not necessarily better…but…different than before…having gained a perspective and strength from the cocooning period…

Second…she explained…that I can be in different stages of metamorphosis…all at the same time…so…my writing is becoming a butterfly…while my fitness…is cocooning…and…some parts of me…are still a caterpillar…and…some have been butterflies for a long time…

As odd as that may sound…it gives me such comfort…I tend…to be hard on myself…to expect more than I am capable of doing at times…to not understand…that…I’m just cocooning…and…that is just part of the process…of change…of transformation…

Hmmm…that feels so nice…thank you…Bertha

Jane