CHRYSALIDES: The Post that Started it All
Note: This is the very first post I wrote for Chrysalides (as the blog was titled at that time). Not all of the original posts, articles, and comments were migrated to the new site, but I felt it was especially important to keep this one to mark a personal milestone, and as a reminder of were it all began.
No, this is not a blog about insects . . .
Chrysalides (the plural form of chrysalis; pronounced kri-SAL-i-deez) is an entomological word which refers to the encased pupal stage of butterflies. When a caterpillar is fully grown, it fastens its body to a leaf or a twig and forms a protective chrysalis. It is within the chrysalis that growth occurs. Not only does it mature during this stage, but it also differentiates itself from all others. With this being said, I’m sure you can infer the reason I chose the title for this blog.
Regardless of age, we are in a continual stage of growth and development. Though our physical bodies may reach maturity, we continue to change throughout our lifetimes. Our bodies age, our psyches continue to develop, we expand our intellect, and we discover ourselves spiritually. Additionally, as we flow from each stage into another, our roles also change – and as we assume each new role, we are in a position to discover something new about ourselves.
Self-discovery is a process that never ends. If we are perceptive and open, we can gain knowledge from each new experience, and new discoveries will continue to shape our thoughts and beliefs. Therefore, we shouldn’t live our lives passively. We should keep our minds open, actively embracing each moment as an opportunity for growth.
Each day is a new opportunity to discover more about ourselves and to live our lives in a better way than we did the day before. As we settle in each night, we can use those closing moments as an occasion to reflect upon the activities of the day and create our own chrysalis, so to speak, and anticipate each new day as an emergence.
I am seeking to live my life better than I did yesterday, embracing new opportunities each day. My pursuit will never be complete, nor will I ever be perfect. My only goal is to emerge each day as a better person.
*Image: Sutisa Kangvansap