“Just living is not enough,” said the butterfly, “one must have sunshine, freedom and a little flower.” ~Hans Christian Anderson
A Swallowtail, on our backyard lavender in Prague
This week, a gorgeous visitor surprised me at our home, cloaked in delicate colors and fluttering about on the breeze. At our home in the US, we would have Swallowtails and other large butterflies dancing about our large gardens on every sunny summer day. But here, in Prague, where our yard is significantly smaller and the flowers fewer, I was shocked to discover this beautiful Swallowtail flitting about the lavenders. To be honest, I forgot how much I missed them — butterflies and flowers and all gifts of the natural world that keep our minds remembering that a screen and a bleeping cursor is not all there is.
I think in all areas of life, we need that switch in thinking. A gust of fresh air and a burst of alluring color to remind us that where we are in life — tough times or otherwise — is not all there is.
Somehow, friends have a way of swooping in and refilling our empty sails with fresh wind to carry us further along, laughter to replenish our spirits, and a listening ear to share life’s weight.
To me, one of the best parts of life is in the sharing – to help us past just living, to inspire us to soar again with new freedom, fresh colors, and the sunshine of another friend to walk alongside us.
A BIG thank you to all my friends for all you do in lifting me past where I would be on my own. I am so grateful, and hope to pass the same along to others. For this is one of the best parts of life … sharing.
Starting the Conversation (Leave a Comment below): What brings you fresh perspective and a new burst of energy? How can you help friends and others along in their journeys this week?