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Involuntary Metamorphosis

by BOOKWORM (writer), Los Angeles, June 24, 2010

Credit: Eric Carle
Little does this little critter know what lies ahead for him.

Some thoughts and questions as to why the word CHANGE is so fearsome to the human condition.

Why are humans so scared of change?

Life is constant change. Our bodies are created to change. The entire world is changing every single moment. The only way we can live is by changing. So if change is so ingrained in our bodies, the world and our lives, why are we still so scared and resistant to it?

I think of humans as caterpillars. They can be fat, round and lazy but with a secret potential to do anything, to fly. The process towards that immense potential however, is extremely painful. It feels like the end of everything, almost like death. And in a sense it is, it is the death of that caterpillar, the death of the old person, but only to make room for something bigger and greater. Is that what we are scared of? The bigger and greater-the flying? Is it that we like comfort, even if it means not necessarily being happy, but just safe? We like to plan, to know what is happening. It is so hard to not be in control, especially of the bigger things in life. We seem to think that we know exactly what is best for us and there can’t possibly be some bigger picture out there. What I’m wondering is-is there any way out of this trap? Is there any way to truly embrace the harder changes that are bound to be thrust on our perfect plans? Or are we doomed to resistance and fear to the one thing that is certain in life.

What I’m beginning to do is change (no pun intended) the way I think of change. Rather than something sudden and horrible, it becomes growth. When it seems sad to leave everything behind, rather look forward not back. Not holding on to everything you had a second ago. To accept the good that you had and know it is your time to move on to bigger things. And maybe the pain is part of it. Just like that cliché caterpillar, clueless of what is ahead and perfectly content with his roly-poly life. And when that pain comes, it seems like everything is gone, all the good, ripped away from him. But slowly he sees he is not dying, but growing. He is entering the next stage of his life where now he can do things and be something he never could have dreamed of before. Would he have chosen to go through all that pain back at his caterpillar self? More likely no. But now as he experiences the world at greater heights, would he give it up to go back to his crawling old self? Well I think we all know the answer to that one. And maybe next time, when a change seems about to rip us apart, we will stop struggling and embrace it a little more. ‘Cuz who knows, we might all just turn out to be butterflies in the end.



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9 comments on Involuntary Metamorphosis

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By alan handwerger on June 24, 2010 at 06:12 am

My guess is that you write in much the same way that you speak. Really nicely developed.

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By Happy on June 24, 2010 at 08:47 am

I like the way you write,is' clear & concise.

You made me think of the saying " yesterday is history, tommorow a mystery & today is a present"

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By Lady D on June 24, 2010 at 02:00 pm

The way we are thinking now seems to be, making the other person change so we can be happy.

It just doesn't work that way, because "No matter where you go there YOU are.

Just thinking.

Good article.

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By JJFCPA on June 24, 2010 at 03:08 pm

A good lesson for all of us. Fear not change - embrace it; mold it

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By MUGISHO N.THEOPHILE on June 29, 2010 at 03:20 am

This is a great article. If change is needed, we must not fear the war leading to it. It is a long way and it requires a lot, in fact but since one feels it a need, he longs for it once for all. Since the world is on continuous move, we have not to stay behind. Having a slight look at the past, we design the future. Writing articles on BrooWaha, as you have done, is also to bring change among the readers.

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By MUGISHO N.THEOPHILE on June 29, 2010 at 03:20 am

This is a great article. If change is needed, we must not fear the war leading to it. It is a long way and it requires a lot, in fact but since one feels it a need, he longs for it once for all. Since the world is on continuous move, we have not to stay behind. Having a slight look at the past, we design the future. Writing articles on BrooWaha, as you have done, is also to bring change among the readers.

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By taking off the mask on July 12, 2010 at 07:29 am

great article. I really enjoyed it. You nailed it. Your well thought out and spoken and you sound wise beyond your years. it reminds me of my favorite quote "our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate, our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure...."

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By Credo on March 12, 2013 at 07:06 am

Certainly a model lesson for us all, well written with genuine expression. Don`t stop now keep up the written dialogue.

Credo

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By Jaromira88 on July 28, 2014 at 02:49 am

That seems to be good fenster

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