“We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty.” – Maya Angelou
I love this quote and how it reminds us of how what may appear beautiful (or successful and esteemed) may have been molded through a long period of trial, darkness, growth and solitude. What we believe to be an overnight success is never really made over night. There’s always a journey that shapes us, and a process that graces us to achieve true beauty. In a painting there may be layers of sketches, underpainting and seasons where you can’t recognize what’s being made but as it develops you see a striking image of beauty – purpose unfolds like that…
It can be frustrating and discouraging when you have a dream but have lost grasp of it or seem to be nowhere near reaching it. I’ve learned through experience that stepping into your destiny is not an overnight occurrence; it’s a journey of preparation and a life class that’s vital & just as rewarding as the “success.”
Anything that is great and truly worth experiencing takes time, patience and dedication to develop. You might find yourself in painful trials and isolation at times, but know that like it seems like the world closes in on a caterpillar as enters darkness to be transformed into the full extent of its true identity, it takes stretching, strengthening and shaping to become what’s already in you – the person you’re truly meant to be…It takes time to grow into the beauty of your true purpose…embrace the process and love journey with the One painting the masterpiece of your life.