Sunday, May 8, 2011
Emerging & Becoming
It seems like everywhere I look people are enthralled with butterflies. I see butterflies on clothes, jewelry and even wall decals. My cousin and I were recently talking about butterflies and she mentioned how butterflies emerge from a cocoon. The weird part was that I just saw an episode about butterflies and moths on the children's television show "Little Bill" before she made her comment. After watching "Little Bill" I learned that butterflies don't emerge from cocoons; moths do. I hear countless people walking around talking about how they themselves are simply "butterflies emerging from their cocoons." Often we ignorantly repeat comments without checking the facts so I was lead to do a little research...
Butterflies and Moths may look alike but they actually function totally different from each other.
Butterflies have thin smooth bodies, are active in the daytime, can be extremely colorful, and experience their pupal stage in a hard structure called a CHRYSALIS.
Moths have thick fuzzy bodies, are active at night, are usually dull in color and experience their pupal stage in a soft silky structure called a COCOON.
Both insects live primarily on liquids they suck for food but butterflies eat nectar or sap while moths eat on decaying items. Moths also chew holes in clothing & linen in an attempt to extract nutrients. Moths cause destruction whereas butterflies represent new life. There are some exceptions to these rules: although day flying moths are brightly colored don't be fooled because this variation of moth is extremely toxic.
Should you ever decide to refer to yourself using these winged creatures as an example of where you are in life, be certain you know which one you plan on becoming. Will you be like the moth and breakforth from a cocoon using the remainder of your life feasting on dead things, dead ideas and fruitless ventures?
Or will you be like that butterfly emerging from a chrysalis full of color (life), making the most of your day, feeding on the sweet nectar of life? The choice is yours.
(Oh, remember: Just because its flashy & colorful doesn't necessarily make it a butterfly! Poisonous moths can also be quite colorful so use discernment.)
This post is dedicated to all my butterfly lovers. Keep flying and make this a GREAT week!!!