Too Busy

Notice the beauty

As we were moving recently and I was busy packing boxes and purging all the stuff I had managed to collect, I walked through the garage and couldn’t help but notice this butterfly on the floor. It seemed to be saying “Hello!, why don’t you stop a sec and notice how spectacular I am?” And so I did just that. Of course I couldn’t help myself as it literally stayed in that one spot showing off for me for at least 4 or 5 minutes much to my surprise. It would open it’s wings, and then slowly close them, over and over. I then thanked him or her and said that I was indeed impressed as it flew off. It was a good reminder to just STOP for a moment and notice the beauty and life around me instead of running from here to there and feeling like it was never going to get done, because it does get done. Everything works out…. always!

How often in this busy world we live in, do we just stop and do nothing? If you are like most people, probably not often enough. We live in a culture of busy and we wear it as a badge of honor somehow and we say “I’m just too busy to _____” (do this thing I would love to do). We also may carry around old stories that just don’t serve us well.  
As a young child I remember my loving, well meaning, very Catholic Grandma saying to me, “Idle hands are the devils workshop.” Whoa!!! What. the. Helllll????!! It stuck with me and over the years that  quote would cross my mind and I would feel a mixture of guilt, discomfort, and disbelief. I am not certain of the gentleman who gave her those words of wisdom, yes it certainly had to be a man, either a priest or God himself, but whomever it was, let’s just say there is a great big mountain of fear in that statement and it took years to sort all that out for myself. But that is another story for another time.
 May this beautiful butterfly be a reminder to you, as it was to me, to STOP, take a moment, and consciously do nothing but appreciate the beauty that is all around us!