Recently I had a very astute friend remind me that when a caterpillar goes into its chrysallis it must completely disolve into liquid before reforming again to become a brilliant butterfly. I actually didn’t know that theses little buggers liquified themselves completely during the transformation. This, of course, got my metaphor wheels a-churnin’. I really like the idea that it is okay (even natural) to completely change something up for an inevitable reformation. It is a “re-forming” after all, isn’t it?
I love hearing stories about people who’ve completely changed career paths to fulfull a dream. It’s fascinating to me how an orthodondist can become a craftsman of western saddles (true story as told by my Texas pal, Cecilia). Or a scientific researcher (photographed for my “Hope Stories” book), who after two brushes with breast cancer, decided to create a life-long dream of becoming a fire fighter. Incredible stuff.
Now lest you think I’m contemplating a life in the circus as a trapeze artist or going to get my Masters in accounting (those of you who know me will get a chuckle out of this one), I will say here that I am not doing anything drastic with my own career…just adding in and taking out. Like a recipe for cookies. The art of writing, of all things, has managed to jump ahead in the line of my interests and is demanding more time than ever. It’s exciting, actually, because I do have things in my heart that are bursting to come out in written words. Yet, it’s also a bit frightening because then I really have to put myself out there in the form of submitting articles and book proposals. The dog book (which goes to print with Amherst Media in the fall) counts as a first published book, but because it’s a technical book for photographers, I somehow feel that I’m starting fresh as a neophyte nonfiction writer…a little scary.
So, as I liquify this cocoon (such a fabulous way to decorate),
I will think about the beautiful colors of the Monarch and charge forward.
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In times of change, brokenness can rear it’s head in our lives too.
I wrote a piece about the brokenness in female lives (and how we treat each other) on my The Ignited Heart blog. I’d love it if you’d jaunt on over and see if it resonates with you.
Happy week, lovelies~