“The most important thing is to not let yourself get impatient,” Reiko said. “This is one more piece of advice I have for you: don’t get impatient. Even if things are so tangled up you can’t do anything, don’t get desperate or blow a fuse and start yanking on one particular thread before it’s ready to come undone. You have to figure out it’s going to be a long process and that you’ll work on things slowly, one at a time. Do you think you can do that?”—Haruki Murakami, Norwegian Wood
People, like butterflies, flutter by. Soft and gracious, like waves licking the shoreline. Descending, like soft clouds of dandelion fluff, on your life. With time, you notice whether they take root or once again, flutter off and onwards to the next life they are required to be a part of. Sometimes, these figures that educate and empower you are ones that bring with them an essence of angelic connotations. Sometimes, they are more difficult to get along with. Either way, they come into your life to teach you something new and to develop and bring with them a new puzzle piece of the life and person you are growing into. They will make you feel. The tighter we hold onto these people, the more likely they are to flutter off away into the distance.
Our challenge in life is to welcome all the fluttering butterflies - whether their lessons are ones we are anxious to learn or ones we wouldn’t mind doing without – with open arms. Be soft and be steady, be sure of who and what you are, and take with you the lessons you deem necessary and of value to your journey. You too, whether you realize it or not, are a butterfly. So be gentle as you leave your footprints on the grounds you tread and do your best to leave your prints in positivity.