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Tuesday, April 02, 2013


Winter is ending. We've been wrapped in a cocoon of a warm house and/or warm clothes to stay comfortable and protected from the elements.
Now spring is arriving. The weather is warming up, the flowers are blooming and the clear skies and sun are pulling us out into the beautiful world. We no longer need our protective cocoon.
This changing of the seasons draws us out of our cocoon of warmth to the warming rays of the sun. As the butterfly spreads its wings as it emerges from it's cocoon, it's life is transformed.
The caterpillar was limited to crawling slowing from leaf to leaf. The world has opened up to the butterfly; it is no longer bound to the area it could crawl to.
Your life can be transformed like the butterfly's. Most of us live in a cocoon of safety, called our comfort zone, to protect ourselves from the elements. We are accustomed to the routine of our lives. We know what to expect each day as we crawl out from under our warm covers.
Our comfort zone keeps us safe. But our comfort zone limits us, just as the caterpillar is limited when compared to the butterfly. To the caterpillar, life is fine. There are branches to climb. There are leaves to eat. It can even use the leaves to hide from the birds of prey.
But to the observer who can see the whole picture, the reality of the caterpillar's life is very limited. That observer can see the possibilities of transformation that lie ahead for the caterpillar. That observer can also see the possibilities of transformation that can lie ahead for you.
Our comfort zone limits us in the same way the caterpillar is limited. The vision of the caterpillar is limited to a few feet around it. It cannot even imagine a life beyond it's vision. But the caterpillar is lucky. Nature has provided a path that will transform it into a butterfly with a hugely expanded vision. It doesn't have a choice.
We also have a path of possibilities. But instead of nature making the transformation for us, we have to do it ourselves. We do have a choice.
We do have a vision beyond our comfort zone. But our comfort zone wraps us tightly to keep us safe. We may not be able to even imagine the possibilities in store for us that the observer can see, but we do have a vision beyond our life today.
Break out of your limiting comfort zone, just like the butterfly emerges from it's cocoon. Do what is uncomfortable. Do what scares you. Do what stretches your limits. The more you do, the more your vision expands and the more you can see is possible for you.
Breaking out of your comfort zone does amazing things for you. It transforms your life, just like the butterfly's life is transformed. Today, just like the caterpillar, you cannot even imagine what your life can be like. But you too can emerge from your comfort zone into a life of limitless possibilities and beauty.

Russ Stiffler from "I Desire Success"
Russ is a two-time World Record Holder
and coach of World and National Champions

thanks for dropping by.....
blessings and hugs....lita

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
KARENE10 4/7/2013 11:50AM

    Inspiring blog emoticon

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CATIATM 4/7/2013 9:12AM

    Ahhh ... this is all too familiar. Thanks for the reminder!

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NELLIEH1 4/4/2013 10:47AM

    emoticon Thanks, LITA for sharing this! Bullfrogs and butterflies surely have lessons for us. Part of my comfort zone is self-protection against emotional pain. So that stepping out, as scary as it seems is really a GOD-gift to move toward dealing with control issues. emoticon

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PCOH051610 4/3/2013 7:56PM

    This whole weight loss and lifestyle change scares me but I'm going to do it! Wonderful blog emoticon

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WILLOW49 4/3/2013 10:04AM

    How inspiring! Thank you!

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ADVENTURE_4HIRE 4/3/2013 9:26AM

    emoticon Thank you for that wonderful reminder, Lita. I read somewhere, the life lessons from a butterfly and it went like this: let go of the past, trust the future, embrace the change, come out of the cocoon, ride the breeze, savor the flowers, put on your brightest colors and... let your beauty show. I also read a quote by Arthur Burt, "Nothing happens until the pain of remaining the same outweighs the pain of change." Sooo... as Melanie Moushigian Koulouris said (I use *us* for the plural of *you*) "Never underestimate the power that is, and has always been within us." emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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TRYINGHARD1948 4/3/2013 7:54AM

    Wonderful LITA. We are now in Autumn, a beautiful month with wonderful colours and already some early shoots of freesia are popping through reminding us that Spring will return. Have a great and successful week.

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GOANNA2 4/3/2013 6:55AM

    Thank you for a wonderful inspiring blog. emoticon

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    Thanks, this was very helpful! emoticon

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PHOENIX1949 4/3/2013 2:05AM

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FLEMIDG 4/3/2013 12:38AM

    What a lovely blog. Thanks Lita.

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LUCASMOM2003 4/3/2013 12:10AM

    Inspiring blog! emoticon

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JAMER123 4/3/2013 12:07AM

    Spring has sprung!! Thank you for a wonderful blog, LITA!!
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JACKIE542 4/3/2013 12:00AM

    Very true we should leave our comfort zone. The possibilities are endless. I do so many things now that I did not think I could do anymore, riding my bike again, hiking. I guess you could say I did leave my comfort zone, and I am sure glad I did. emoticon emoticon

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LATTELEE 4/2/2013 11:54PM

  Beautiful butterfly

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