“If there were no change, there would be no butterflies.” – Walt Disney
In case you have not noticed, the world, in dealing with a pandemic, has changed. We have had to learn a new language: social distancing, flattening the curve, herd immunity, super spreader events.
Some have had to learn new jobs on the fly if there were children in the household: math teacher, tech support, lunch lady, activities director.
Those who lost their jobs have had to learn much tougher tasks: where the food bank is located, how to pay the rent or the mortgage. Likewise, for business owners: how to keep their dream alive and keep their employees employed and safe.
But there were those on the front line of the pandemic who worked tirelessly and at great personal risk to maintain the necessities of life…a butterfly. Opera singers in Italy sang on their balconies to help neighbors feel connected as everyone sheltered in place…a butterfly. Folks stepped up and did grocery shopping for those most susceptible…a butterfly. Communities rallied around local businesses to help keep them operational…a butterfly. Children drew rainbows and distributed their artwork to the neighborhood…a butterfly. Pastors and faith leaders recreated our understanding of worship…a butterfly.
I’m sure it is no easy undertaking to change into a butterfly, just as it is not always easy to interrupt daily routines, but sometimes the butterflies that result are more magical and necessary than we can see from the darkness of a cocoon.
Tell us about those butterfly moments that you have encountered since the beginning of the year.