If you find yourself living underneath a dark cloud of low self-esteem, carrying the burden of believing you’re not good enough, and forsaking the real you to gain approval from others, then the following information will set you on a path towards peace.
At the age of 48, I made a public declaration to my blog community of my intent to bravely traverse the difficult emotional terrain that hopefully would lead me to a new understanding of myself, my gifts, and my destiny. In my youth, I had grown quite fond of the mystique and beauty of the butterfly.
Perhaps it was happenstance, but a butterfly seemed to appear just before a positive occurrence would take place in my life. Such is the case, when one evening, I decided to scroll through my Instagram feed. I spotted an artist displaying a butterfly tattoo on her back. Fixated on the image, I knew in my heart, seeing the butterfly was not an accident; instead, it triggered emotions deep within me, and set me on the course to opening a new chapter in my life.
It was during this time of searching for meaning in my life, my natural gifts were clearly identified. I also discovered the scientific purpose of butterfly wings coincided with my own life’s purpose. The discovery was an amazing revelation which quickly unveiled how closely the purpose of butterfly wings paralleled with the human necessity to utilize our own God-given gifts.
6 Things I’ve Discovered About Using Our Natural Gifts
Scientific Purpose: Wings are crucial for a butterfly’s survival. The wings are covered with veins that provide the creature with oxygen.
My Discovery: Butterflies know their wings/gifts provide them with life. Not using their wings/gift will cause death. Your gifts are your life support, and to not use them will slowly cause you to die emotionally.
Scientific Purpose: When the butterfly first emerges from the pupa, the wings are crinkled and wet. It then hangs upside-down and pumps blood into the wings to inflate them. Once the wings are dry, it can then fly.
My Discovery: Butterflies patiently and strategically work toward using their wings/gift. Don’t become intimidated by your gifts. Embrace them. If you work hard and strive toward your goals, you will feel satisfied in completing them.
Scientific Purpose: The wings distinguish the butterfly from other insects by providing identity and uniqueness.
My discovery: Butterflies understand the unique quality of their wings. Your gifts are specifically designed for you. You are an original and not a copy of anyone else. Embrace the beauty of your uniqueness.
Scientific Purpose: The wings camouflage butterflies against predators.
My discovery: Butterfly wings provide shield of protection. The butterfly proudly spreads its wings when it sees a predator. There’s no greater power than knowing your authentic self, or understanding and using your gifts. Your gifts are your strength and shield against anyone who may try to cause harm or devalue you.
Scientific Purpose: The wings attract a suitable mate.
My discovery: Butterfly wings are made from a variety of unique color combinations which make the creature recognizable by potential mates. Your gifts make you attractive to suitors. Know the value and power of your gifts. This will enable you to determine what you will or will not tolerate in a relationship.
Scientific Purpose: The wings are the butterfly’s source of transportation and how it navigates through life.
My discovery: Your life will make room for your gifts to be utilized. You can’t live a life that was structured for someone else. Each of us has our own unique gifts and path to take. Living the life of someone else makes it hard to recognize and use your own gifts. When you know your unique gifts, you can navigate through life in your own direction.
These profound discoveries clearly marked the beginning of using my natural gifts. I was once a woman who couldn’t be identified, now I revel in my new understanding of self. Since I was a child, I was fascinated with the magical process of forming words into stories. Now the age of 50, it was through this process of personal growth, my passion for writing was resuscitated. I discovered the purpose of my butterfly wings is to inspire women in their journey to peace and wholeness with my writings.
This piece, titled The Purpose of Butterfly Wings is an excerpt from Glenda’s inspiration memoir, A Place Called Peace.