Tuesday, August 10, 2010

The Battered Butterfly

I always find time to wander around in my garden at some point during the day. Usually the World has something to share with me .... well, always, but sometimes I'm too into 'doing' to notice. I've been trying to get a nice picture of a swallowtail butterfly all summer and the other day one was flitting around the lantana inviting my attention. I took a couple of nice images and it wasn't until I downloaded them that I noticed this lovely butterfly has had a few trials of it's own. Both wings were shredded.

How perfect! A perfect imperfection! If I care to look at anything deeply enough I'm sure I can find an 'imperfection' but isn't that what makes us special? Life experience can leave it's scars, but the healing, growing beyond and the wisdom learned that gives us our unique character.

Enjoy your life, little butterfly. You've earned it.


desertsandbeyond said...

How interesting! Was the butterfly still able to fly normally? I'm glad you got to see him!

patti said...

Barb,how absolutely perfect. The imperfection is indeed PERFECT. We all carry these "scars" as a badge of courage on our journey, sacred lessons learned, the divinity of being human. We rejoice in being imperfect. The only thing that IS perfect is GOD. The ancient Indian weavers will spend years creating just one rug. And custom dictates that somewhere near the end, they deliberately make a mistake. Their sacred way of honoring GOD in the knowledge that nothing is perfect. Namaste, Patti........p.s. I'm sure there are typos in this message, alas, I'm not perfect!!

desertsandbeyond said...

Barb, stop by my blog to pick up an award for you! Actually, there are two for you!