Over the years I have wondered how those who had crossed my path were doing. More than one or two of my friends, I have deeply desired to share some of my experiences with. I had this thought of how neat it would be to hear about their journeys. Especially since when I look back over my life it’s as if I am brand new in so many areas.
Recently as of this year I have connected with a few friends whom I had not seen or heard from in over (20) years. The reconnecting has been good, and for so many it is as if their lives has stood still. Their issues are still the same.
The freedom that I know is my birth right, is still for so many beyond their reach. This has fueled my appreciation for the who I am today and my opportunity to be a light for others. Following is a great short story that brought this forward for me.
Once, in a little pond, in the muddy water under the lily pads, there lived a little water beetle in a community of water beetles. They lived a simple and comfortable life in the pond with few disturbances and interruptions.
Once in a while, sadness would come to the community when one of their fellow beetles would climb the stem of a lily pad and would never be seen again. They knew when this happened; their friend was dead, gone forever.
Then, one day, one little water beetle felt an irresistible urge to climb up that stem. However, he was determined that he would not leave forever. He would come back and tell his friends what he had found at the top.
When he reached the top and climbed out of the water onto the surface of the lily pad, he was so tired, and the sun felt so warm, that he decided he must take a nap. As he slept, his body changed and when he woke up, he had turned into a beautiful blue-tailed dragonfly with broad wings and a slender body designed for flying.
So, fly he did! And, as he soared he saw the beauty of a whole new world and a far superior way of life to what he had never known existed.
Then he remembered his beetle friends and how they were thinking by now he was dead. He wanted to go back to tell them, and explain to them that he was now more alive than he had ever been before. His life had been fulfilled rather than ended.
But, his new body would not go down into the water. He could not get back to tell his friends the good news. Then he understood that their time would come, when they, too, would know what he now knew.
So, he raised his wings and flew off into his joyous new life!