Thank you to Julie Snobelen for this writing plan!
Although some studies have indicated that a butterfly may retain some of its learned behaviour during its time being a caterpillar, it becomes something completely different.
It gives up its eyes. While a caterpillar can only see in black and white, a butterfly can see even more colours than humans.
It gives up a mouth for eating leaves for a long proboscis. A caterpillar’s primary function is to eat plants. A butterfly’s primary function is to lay eggs and when feeding it pollinates plants.
It gives up its short legs for much longer legs that can taste for sugars or whether a plant is suitable to lay her eggs on.
And, of course, a butterfly gives up hold on the ground for wings allowing it much more freedom!
It’s worth contemplating what is given up and what is gained in a spiritual life to see it in a new light.