Sunday, October 18, 2009

Do your life stages stay with you or not?





My daughter, Sharon, found this question intriguing:
When the Butterfly emerges does the caterpillar cease to exist?

With some thought my answer is: the caterpillar spins a cocoon that gives way to, or becomes, a chrysalis which after the correct amount of time, bursts its tight bound prison to become the butterfly. If you think that you are all of your stages, the child, the young person, and the young adult who grew day by day into the person you are now, then the butterfly is caterpillar, chrysalis, and butterfly all at the same time, simply in one form or another; but if you believe that you have left the child behind and are only what you are right now, then the butterfly may also have replaced the caterpillar, and the chrysalis who have ceased to exist.

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