The human mentality is one aspect that we can’t stop talking about. I guess this is because it is one of the major determinants of what we make of our existence. It influences the way we think, our perspective of life and the way we prepare ourselves for the future.
A lot of us see breaking forth as the act of forgetting the past and focusing on the new. But do we fully break forth immediately that first transformation is made? I saw the following butterfly concept in a blog post by Alexis explaining the transformation of a caterpillar into a butterfly.
“The butterfly most certainly does not still think like a caterpillar. I have not once seen a butterfly crawling on the ground or in trees. The only time I’ve seen them landed is when they are perched on flowers or plants for nourishment.
The majority of a butterfly’s existence is the opposite of the caterpillar. They have a completely different point of view because their scope is much broader. They are no longer focused on their immediate surroundings, only looking at the details of the ground and the branches that they climb on. Instead, they are able to take in the infinite possibilities of their interesting, beautiful, and ever-changing environment at their whim.”
After reading that, can you answer this question; ‘Is it possible for a butterfly to be afraid of heights?’ Sounds crazy right? It’s already in the air, so how can it have a phobia for heights? This is where mentality comes in.
From that concept, you can see that the caterpillar’s scope is much limited than that of the butterfly. Just as the butterfly won’t hop on the ground or on trees, it also might not reach full potential in flight. I’ve seen butterflies that fly low to the ground when they just start out. The butterfly has been used to the caterpillar’s scope so it digests its new found potential little by little.
Whenever we experience a breakthrough, everyone sees it. But unlike the butterfly, not many of us fully digest our new found potential. When this happens, using it maximally becomes impossible. The physical and mental transformation occurs but we still don’t see the endless possibilities of this new gift. So we settle for less without even knowing it.
When the butterfly asks itself, ‘What if I fly higher?’ it tries it and its scope widens. Curiosity and adventure opens doors we didn’t know were there. The more you look for various ways to do something or solve a problem, your scope increases. The flowers at the top of the tallest trees become easy to nourish from. You surpass your peers and aim higher, thereby getting better results. You suddenly become the know-it-all and do-it-all without even trying.
The more challenges you face at higher levels in life, the easier it gets to overcome them. This is the reason why it is always important to learn from mistakes and situations every day. Only then can your question change from, ‘Can I do that?’ to ‘Did I do all that?’ Well, of course you did it, there is nobody like YOU!
To understand more about the butterfly concept, you can read Alexis’ post on Finding Hope Within. By the way, she’s my newest teacher. So you see, I’m still learning, are you?
Why do you think most people fail to fully realize and utilize our potential? There are various reasons; this is just one of them. Your comments are welcome.
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