*~*~ WHAT THE CATERPILLAR THINKS IS THE END~
THE BUTTERFLY KNOWS IS ONLY THE BEGINNING ~*~*
Coincidentally, both the Lupus Society and the Fibromyalgia Association use the butterfly as their symbol, and I have them both. The Lupus Society uses it because of the butterfly rash that most Lupus patients get on their face, and I'm not sure why the Fibromyalgia Association uses it, but I have my own theory. The quote that I have written under this amazing picture of hundreds of Amazon blue butterflies on a tree, can symbolize how we think our life is over, that we think everything has ended; when in reality, our bodies have just entered a cocoon mode, where we must be still, and acknowledge and seek God's help; and it's a learning, growing, healing and changing period. A time for separating yourself from the world more often, and getting closer to God. We may no longer be able to do the things that we could do as a caterpillar, but there are new things we can do while in the cocoon, and even more we can do as a butterfly, which I consider to be the days we feel better and can reach out to others, or write or paint or express ourselves in new ways. We can share wisdom, spirituality, empathy, compassion with others that we learned while in the cocoon, and we will find our spirit and personality have changed from a lowly caterpillar, to a butterfly whose spirit can soar, with the methods we have learned to comfort ourselves and others. Some use faith, some use meditation, some use positive thinking, some use other things or a combination of things, but being ill can bring blessings and lessons
that we can never get or learn in any other way. These lessons may not come automatically. It takes study, prayer, learning from others who have been in the same situation, and patience. In spite of the overwhelming frustration we bear now, we can learn more valuable lessons than those who have never dealt with chronic pain. Wisdom we can take with us into the next world.