Glenda K. Harrison can be found sharing over on her site of the same name. This post was originally featured there.
I can remember a day, back when I was a young girl playing with my puppy, Sailor, in our backyard. I can clearly recall the moment a Monarch butterfly landed on my shoulder. The butterfly sat unabashed for several seconds before Sailor took notice, barked, and scared the creature away. I watched it flutter off with a huge smile. I experienced the wonder of it.
Decades later, I have developed a special relationship with the butterfly, and often find myself reminiscing about that day. Whenever a butterfly crosses my path it seems that something I’ve hoped for comes into fruition – a gentle confirmation to a prayer, or a reminder to use my wings.
Just days ago, while finishing up my morning massage, I found myself in need of a confirmation. ‘What do I do next?’ I wondered. As I finished jotting my entries into my journal, I closed my book, and went on about my day. Later that afternoon, I decided to leave early to retrieve my youngest from school. At first my intentions were to use this extra time to answer emails. However, I felt exhausted from always having my eyes focused on a computer screen or device. So I decided to close my eyes. Within moments, a gentle breeze swept across my face – as if it was trying to tell me something important. I opened my eyes, and in that instant, a Monarch fluttered pass my windshield. I smiled. I now had the answer – ‘Continue to fly and use your gifts.’
If I had used the time to keep my eyes focused on my device, or had fallen asleep, I would not have seen this glorious butterfly – my confirmation. Often times the answers we seek are not hidden, but are in plain sight. All you have to do is Open Your Eyes.