The best visual definition of transition, for me, is the butterfly. Think about it…The butterfly begins as an egg, then becomes a caterpillar, then a chrysalis, and finally, an adult butterfly! All of this takes place in twenty-eight to thirty days. As humans, some of our life transitions may happen this quickly, but many may not.
When we purposely plant an idea in our minds, that is the egg. As we begin to see our idea coming closer to fulfillment, we are entering the chrysalis stage. For the butterfly, this stage is critical. It demands more time and effort as it works harder, flopping and wiggling to break out of its cocoon and finally cracking it open to become what it was intended to be—an exquisitely beautiful butterfly. Had the butterfly not recognized how important its focus and effort was in the cocoon stage, it would never have realized its full potential in life. If we plant an idea in our minds and allow it to grow, there is an initial excitement, but if we, then, fail to put forth the effort, our ideas will not become what we intended. Some ideas take longer to come to fruition. They may require more effort to become what they are meant to be. Please, don’t abandon your dreams before the transition occurs. Time takes time. You are never too old, too young, or too anything else to realize your dreams. Believe in yourself, be patient, and enjoy your transitions.
“Achievement seems to be connected with action. Successful men and women keep moving. They make mistakes but they don’t quit.” (Conrad Hilton)
Blessings for a New Year full of wonderful transitions!