Need more persistence in your life? More grit? There’s something you can learn from a Monarch. Ya, I’m talking about those beautiful orange and black (just in time for Halloween) butterflies that are in Florida right now.
Live like a butterfly? Perhaps you’re thinking, “Jo, have you gone nuts?”
Let me explain why I’m thinking about these butterflies right now.
John and I were walking a birding trail over the weekend – and we learned that Monarchs are the ONLY migratory butterfly. Did you know that? I didn’t.
And, that’s not the only another interesting fact. But first, let me share why I’m so nostalgic about these tiny creatures.
When we were kids growing up in New England in the 60’s (set up: no video games and just 3 channels on our tiny black and white TV), we’d spend most of our free time playing outside in Mother Nature.
Me and my eight siblings would do simple things like bike to the apple orchard (and grab a sample), play a game of “kick the can”, or catch bumblebees in baby food jars (with holes punched into the tops) just so we could listen to them buzz.
It was also quite magical to place big fat monarch caterpillars (or larva) into a closed top aquarium so we could watch them go through metamorphosis as they become a chrysalis (we used to call it a cocoon) and then emerge as beautiful butterflies. (Then, we’d release them, of course.)
Well, today I also learned that not only are these the ONLY butterfly that migrates (like birds), they never make it back home…in one generation.
During breeding season, on their flight home, adult Monarchs live only 2-5 weeks So, each successive generation continues the migration…taking 3-4 generations to reach the northern United States or Canada.
Wow, what perseverance, huh? Just to get back to the place they’re supposed be.
I think it’s so cool that these butterflies know where exactly they’re supposed to be…and they never give up getting there. What persistence! Even if it takes a few tries.
What if we (ya, you and me) never gave up on our hopes and dreams? Once we discover where we’re supposed to be/become/accomplish, that we keep on keeping on. Some would call that persistence or grit.
And, if the rain and winds of life get too strong and hold us back from our target…and we don’t make as much progress as we’d like, we just start again the next day (or maybe in the next moment).
So, that’s my thought for the week. For more persistence, more grit…I invite you to keep marching on…or, shall I say, “Monarch on”? lol