Her wings were still crumpled and new. Slowly her wings filled out and dried. Spreading them in the sun she would open them to catch more air for drying. They were so brilliantly colored. I see Swallowtails all the time. They are pretty and bright. And I never really thought about this much but the butterflies we see flying about are actually old and dull compared to the color on a newly hatched one.
I mean this one was sooooo bright and shiny and new. And I never think that the ones flying around are dull! Not until I saw this brand new one. The actual multiple layers of meaning on that one could go on forever! But what I really want is to find out how to have that shiny newness last! Don't we all? And I mean this for lots of things. Projects, life, people, ideas........mostly ideas. Hatching ideas are great and so full of energy and zing! But then what? Once it moves into the making it real phase that shiny freshness wears off! And I am left with a feeling of now it's just work.
Maybe that is the way it is supposed to be. When ideas become real it means we have to put more energy into it, and putting more energy into something means you have to sacrifice a little of your self. So I think in the end the butterfly loves flying and seeing all the flowers sooooo much that it is ok that it is not as bright and shiny new anymore. The actual experience of living outweighs the loss of a little brilliance. And besides, the butterfly with a little ding here or there shows she has a wonderful story to tell!