Well, I hope you had a chance to think about forgiving - especially yourself - over the past week.
This week, I'd like to switch gears a bit and talk about butterflies. As some of you know, the butterfly is my company logo, along with the motto "Helping You Soar to New Heights."
I visited the Butterfly Rainforest in Gainesville yesterday and it was incredible. The variety of these little critters is astounding. Their beauty is breathtaking. In the wild, they live about 11 days - how sad. They live about twice that in the Butterfly Rainforest. But while they're with us, they give great enjoyment to those lucky enough to spend some time with them.
What really fascinated me though, is how they appear from the "outside" compared to the "inside." Can you see the delicate patterns on the outside of the beige/brown butterflies in the picture above? A person could sit and stare at the details for hours. But take a look at the little bright blue guy on the left (and yes, that IS a butterfly just to his left - the one with black wings with white and blue spots). His blue is so pretty he almost looks artificial, doesn't he?
Here's what you need to know...the subtle beige/brown ones are the same kind as the blue one... When they are "closed up," all we see is the subtle beige/brown pattern - nice, but not nearly as striking or memorable as the beautiful blue shades when they choose to "open up."
Isn't that how we are, too? We can be pretty "nice" on the outside, but for many of us, our real beauty is on the inside.
These butterflies are called blue morphos and it's quite a trick to catch them with their wings wide open where you can fully see their beauty.
How about you? Are you "open" enough for others to see your true beauty or is it hard to catch you with your "wings open"?
Whoever said beauty is on the inside must've met a blue morpho...or maybe he just met one of you!
So...this week, open up and let others see your true beauty!