July 12, 2006
What do butterflies have in common with the human spirit? Meet Maggie, a
middle aged wife and mother who was about to find out.
Maggie wasn't rich like a millionaire or poor in a manner of being homeless.
She was living an average comfortable life. It was made even better when a
beautiful baby girl came her way. She and her husband made sure their
daughter had her needs met and they were still able to take a yearly
vacation by the beach.
Maggie was a partner in her husband's business. They both had a different
set of duties which kept everything in balance. One day a devastating blow
came to her husband's business, and over a three year period the business
dropped out of site. Her husband had to totally reinvent himself and was
yearning to fulfill a dream with a new vocation. She was happy for him and
supported him fully, but still the money was not coming in.
Maggie began to feel guilty that she wasn't contributing with any kind of
income. It had been a long time since she had worked outside the home and
had to work for someone else. Needless to say she was scared but still had
faith that everything would be okay. She began job hunting and found filling
out applications somewhat difficult, especially the part asking for job
references. Keep in mind that she was self-employed with her husband for
almost 20 years. It felt as though that didn't count for anything as she was
never called for an interview.
At the time she was job hunting her mom became more ill than she had been
and ended up in the hospital for a week. Once Maggie's mom returned home she
became her mom's helper one day a week. She did the shopping, changed
sheets, vacuumed and did other things that her mother was not able to do
anymore. Of course her mom would pay her for her time and labor but she
still felt she needed to find another source of income.
One of the first applications she had filled out finally came through. She
passed the interview with flying colors and was told she was "exactly" what
they were looking for. Although it was only part time it was exactly what
she wanted. It was important for her to be home when her daughter arrived
home from school. She was told they would be in touch when the schedule was
ready. Knowing she had the job made her feel contented and productive again.
Within a few weeks though, she received an e-mail saying that the company
had changed the job into a full time position and she was not qualified.
Maggie was devastated. She felt betrayed and felt she had been lied to. That
evening she was alone as her husband and daughter had gone out for the
night. She welcomed the aloneness and wanted to drown her sorrows in a hot
tub of bubbles.
As she knew she would, she began to cry, softly at first just from the sheer
pain of being rejected. Three long years of struggle had finally caught up
with her. Then she became angry; angry at everything from the circumstances
that got her there, to God himself. She cried harder and yelled, "What do
you want me to do?" She really felt that God had abandoned her.
When she was able to cry no more, she became exhausted and gave up. It was
at that moment that a silent idea came to her to offer other elderly people
home care assistance.
Using another talent for computers she printed off some flyers and cards and
distributed them to her church, grocery stores and even placed a small ad in
the newspaper. Within a week she had procured two new clients.
Now, even though she's not a CEO of a major company or a power player she
feels happy and productive again. So, had God really abandoned her? Let's
look at nature for the lessons and the answer.
Before a butterfly can emerge out of it's chrysalis it has to go through a
lot of struggling. Yes, struggling. Each time it lunges out to escape, acids
are being removed from its wings. If someone were to come along and break
the chrysalis open for it then the butterfly would die from those acids. In
essence the struggle is necessary for the butterfly to survive. Then in the
stillness, when the struggle is over, the butterfly can come out and share
its beauty with the world.
We as humans are not any different. There are times that we need to
struggle, to rid ourselves of the acids that make up sadness, fear, and
anger. It is only at this time when we are exhausted and still that we
begin to hear the Universe whisper to us.
--- Copyright © 2006 Tony Masiello
Tony Masiello is an author and intuitive consultant. He is the author of the e-book, Whispers from the Universe, http://www.whispersbook.com which is a collection of writings that will help you, motivate you, inspire you and guide you along the inner path of your life. Tony's clients come from as close as his own hometown to as far away as Canada, Australia and Malaysia. For more information about his sessions go to http://www.universalinsight.com
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