Friday, September 4, 2009

Life is just a chance to grow a soul....

I cannot believe it is September, just as I could not believe it was August. Christmas will be here before we know it and life will continue to move whether we are ready or not. I am beginning to settle in here and just ended my third week as a Case Manager. While I do not have any clients as of yet, I am hoping to be getting some next week. In the mean time, I am still working on some training. As I opened the powerpoint for Case Management Training today, up popped this story:

"Once there was man who was very interested in collecting butterflies. He had the opportunity to obtain a very rare butterfly, still in the cocoon. He was excited and delighted to have this rare butterfly, so much so that he carefully examined the cocoon everyday, noting any changes that might have occurred since the previous day.
One day, he noticed that the cocoon had begun to change, there was a small opening or slit -- a natural occurrence in the butterfly's transformation. His excitement could hardly be contained. His long awaited butterfly would soon emerge. He decided to assist the butterfly by speeding the process. He carefully made the slit larger so the butterfly would have an easier time, and the transformation would occur sooner. However, although his intention was well meaning, it was not in the best interests of the butterfly. When the butterfly emerged, it could not fly.
You see, the process of growing out of the cocoon, that process of change, actually served to prepare the butterfly’s wings for flight. With those struggles having been averted, the butterfly had indeed emerged, but could not fly. He will never achieve all of his potential, never share his beauty with other people, and never go where he wants to be."

This spoke a lot to me and about my job and not just that but life. Sometimes we go through struggles to get to places we never could have imagined! What if along the way nobody ever challenged us? What if someone just handed us the things we wanted??? It would not be possible to fly or to soar, which is the end isn't that what really matters?
I thought this would be a nice story to share with all of you. I encourage you to reflect on what this story means for you. For work, this means I walk side-by-side with my clients, guiding but not doing.

To those of you that are close to me, thank you for allowing me to reach my potential and for continuing to hold my hand and allowing me to lead my life! :)

Have a great and safe Labor Day Weekend!