Monday, March 11, 2013

Caterpillar Days

“There is nothing in the caterpillar that tells you it is going to be a butterfly.” Buckminster Fuller

A friend of mine sent this quote to me today and I had to post it on here. I like it a lot. You don't look at a caterpillar and view it as a butterfly, just like there are days I look in the mirror and don't see the butterfly inside of me.

We all have days where we feel like a sluggish caterpillar eating everything in sight as we mope around. We may look in the mirror and think we can't go outside today or else we will frighten people. We may be facing a problem and think we don't have what it takes to overcome it. Caterpillar days are ones where we don't feel very confident in ourselves. Our self-esteem may be low and we are struggling to find the joy in our day. Our thoughts are consistently negative and self-defeating. Caterpillar days don't always happen every day, but they do happen and we all have them.

Sometimes though, we may find ourselves stuck in a caterpillar have several caterpillar days in a row and just can't seem to see your inner butterfly. So, what do you do to get yourself out of a caterpillar rut??

Here are some things I do:

Activities: I find something I enjoy doing and force myself to do it even if I'm not "feeling" it. This can be crafts, hobbies, reading, shopping, etc. I enjoy card making. I started doing it because I hate buying cards that people are just going to throw away anyway and I had a bunch of scrapbooking material so I just decided to make my own. I discovered I rather enjoyed it. I like seeing the reaction people have when they realize you have given them a handmade card. It makes it more personal. It's something I can physically do to lift my spirits and distract my mind from the caterpillar thoughts.

Contributing: Do something to help someone else. Contribute something to the world around you. I love volunteering to help others. It gets me out of my caterpillar state of mind and puts others at the forefront of my day. Serving others makes you feel good inside and that is a butterfly feeling any day! It doesn't have to be something big, just be thoughtful and find a way to contribute something that will benefit someone else.

Environmental Changes: Sometimes a caterpillar day comes because you are stuck in behind a desk all day or stuck in the house all day. A change of environment can create a change in attitude. Take a small break, go outside, feel the sun on your face, breathe in fresh air. If you can't completely change your physical environment then change your mental environment. Listen to some uplifting music, read some jokes, view an inspiration video on you tube. Whatever it is you do make it the opposite of how you are feeling.

Gratitude: On caterpillar days we tend to see only the things that are causing us to feel down and we don't see the many blessings surrounding us. Grab a pen and paper and write down the things you are thankful for. Take time to look around you and notice things you may not have noticed before. The air you breathe, the beauty of a flower, the comforts of a pillow, etc. Challenge yourself to see how many things you can come up with, don't just stop at five or ten, list as many as you can!

These are just a few of the things I do on my caterpillar days. I'd love to hear some of the things you do that I have not listed. We are all butterflies but it takes some hard work to break through our cocoons and discover that butterfly within us. The great thing is that we all have the power to do it! Every one of us can do it! Not a single person on this planet has to be stuck being a caterpillar if they don't want to. You just have to make the choice.

Luvs & Hugs