Lila loves butterflies. Who doesn’t? I read recently that we should remember butterflies when we consider people’s lives. How often have you known a friend who is living in their own self-constructed cocoon, surrounded by their self created threads of life and entanglements. We want to help them, we know they can be a beautiful butterfly, but they can’t escape their current ties. In these situations, it helps to remember the butterfly and the cocoon, because if you break the cocoon too early the caterpillar can never become a butterfly.

We have to, at times, let our friend undergo the transformation like the butterfly. When her wings are strong enough, she will emerge from the pupa, crack open her cocoon, and fly. When we see someone we love spinning themselves into a shell, it may be time to let it happen with love, to wait patiently for our friend to emerge from her/his shell on their own. Soon enough will our friend fly again in all her splendor, and the cocoon will be discarded to the wind.

About the author

Webb Hubbell is the former Associate Attorney General of The United States. His novels, When Men Betray, Ginger Snaps, A Game of Inches, The Eighteenth Green, and The East End are published by Beaufort Books and are available online or at your local bookstore. When Men Betray won one of the IndieFab awards for best novel in 2014. Ginger Snaps and The Eighteenth Green won the IPPY Awards Gold Medal for best suspense/thriller. His latest, “Light of Day” will be on the bookstands soon.

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