Erika Petrelli
Erika Petrelli

“Just when the caterpillar thought the world was over, it became a butterfly.”

Have you had this happen to you? A situation… a moment in your life… where you thought the world was over? When, in truth, only the world as you currently understood it was over, and what was waiting for you on the other side was something completely different, unexpected, and beautiful? Something there was no way you could have possibly predicted or understood?

When we’re feeling the “squeeze”—the darkness and discomfort of the cocoon as it surrounds us—I wonder how we can remember that. Because that squeeze can be tight, can’t it? And lonely. And filled with judgement.

If you’ve read more than a few of my posts, you’ll know that I love Brad Montague. I had the honor of most recently hearing him speak this past fall, and one of the things he encouraged us to do, if we were feeling lost, or trapped in that cocoon, was this: “Stop. Steady your boat. Study your compass. Seek the wind.” (Which is just about the best advice you could ever get for life, isn’t it?)

Seek the wind, butterfly. It’s there.

And who knows where it might take you?

For every moment where you feel like a caterpillar, can you allow yourself the gift of the wind, and imagine your butterfly wings taking flight?

Another one of my favorite quotes is one that gets bounced around in attribution, but most often given to John Lennon: “Everything will be okay in the end. If it’s not okay, it’s not the end.

Because sometimes it’s hard to steady the boat. And sometimes our compass is faulty. And sometimes the wind dies off…for a time. For sure, the path is rarely smooth or straight. But the wind can always be found, eventually. And when it comes, it beckons you to take flight.

How can you fly today, butterfly?

Erika Petrelli

By Erika Petrelli

Erika Petrelli is the Senior Vice President of Leadership Development (and self-declared Minister of Mischief) for The Leadership Program, a New York City-based organization. With a Masters degree in Secondary Education, Erika has been in the field of teaching and training for decades, and has been with The Leadership Program since 1999. There she has the opportunity to nurture the individual leadership spirit in both students and adults across the country, through training, coaching, keynotes, and writing. The legacy Erika strives daily to create is to be the runway upon which others take flight. If you enjoy these blogs, you should check out her interactive journal, On Wings & Whimsy: Finding the Extraordinary Within the Ordinary, now available for sale on Amazon. While her work takes her all around the country, Erika calls Indiana home.