It’s a miracle - from an egg to a caterpillar, to a dramatically beautiful butterfly. The little caterpillar crunches on leaves and grows until the time comes for it to spin a pupa, or cocoon snugly around itself. In this protective pupa the caterpillar goes through a metamorphisis alone that leads to a magical transformation.
Soon the cocoon opens and out comes a dramitcally beautiful butterfly that will never be the same again. …and instead of cunching on leaves and crawling the earth, he flies free in the air from flower to flower drinking sweet nectar.
And so it is true for us, as we bear our children and raise them carefully into unique, independent individuals prepared to go spin their own coccon where they will transform into matchless souls. It’s all about growth, and going through a process of change that not only alters us physically, but also emotionally and intellectually. Granted, the last two aren’t as easy as the first, but it’s our role as parents to be the guides for our children and give them the freedom when ready to spin their own cocoon in order to grow.
Giving our children a chance to grow in privacy while still under our guard will deliver perspective and appreciation to them. Of course they will make mistakes along the way, but the trick is to teach them through their own trial and error to take imperfections and transform them into something good so they can soar. All under our wing.
The same is so for society - take the metaphor of the butterfly or the child and replace it with the word community. Patience, good leadership, and perspective lead to the potential for growth in our communties.