The recent world events have touched all of us. Issues that have come up with many of my clients this week have been around the themes of safety and struggle.

God has sent hurricanes, fires, earthquakes, and shootings to force us to look at our own vulnerability and what that means on a personal and global level. I believe that the positive message in these events is to connect, to treat each other with respect and kindness, and to openly communicate compassion and love. Whether you were directly or indirectly impacted by these recent world tragedies, I am going to ask you to pray, and to reach out to a neighbor in need of support with a hug, a meal, or a phone call.

I wanted to share this powerful story from one of my Mastermind members that I have been reflecting on all week as I’ve watched our world struggle. It has helped me to find some peace in all this chaos.


Struggle is good,  I want to fly.

Once a little boy was playing outdoors and found a fascinating caterpillar. He carefully picked it up and took it home to show his mother. He asked his mother if he could keep it, and she said he could if he would take good care of it.

The little boy got a large jar from his mother, and he put plants to eat and a stick to climb on in the jar. Every day he watched the caterpillar and brought it new plants to eat.

One day the caterpillar climbed up the stick and started acting strangely. The boy, worried, called his mother who came and understood that the caterpillar was creating a cocoon. The mother explained to the boy how the caterpillar was going to go through a metamorphosis and become a butterfly.

The little boy was thrilled to hear about the changes his caterpillar would go through. He watched every day, waiting for the butterfly to emerge. One day it happened. A small hole appeared in the cocoon and the butterfly started to struggle to come out.

At first the boy was excited, but soon he became concerned. The butterfly was struggling so hard to get out! It looked like it couldn’t break free! It looked desperate. It looked like it was making no progress.

The boy was so concerned he decided to help. He ran to get scissors, and then walked back because he had learned not to run with scissors. He snipped the cocoon to make the hole bigger and the butterfly quickly emerged!

As the butterfly came out the boy was surprised. It had a swollen body and small, shriveled wings. He continued to watch the butterfly expecting that, at any moment, the wings would dry out, enlarge and expand to support the swollen body. He knew that in time the body would shrink and the butterfly’s wings would expand.

But neither happened…

The butterfly spent the rest of its life crawling around with a swollen body and shriveled wings.

It never was able to fly…

As the boy tried to figure out what had gone wrong his mother took him to talk to a scientist from a local college. He learned that the butterfly was SUPPOSED to struggle. In fact, the butterfly’s struggle to push its way through the tiny opening of the cocoon pushes the fluid out of its body and into its wings. Without the struggle, the butterfly would never, ever fly. The boy’s good intentions hurt the butterfly.

As you go through school, and life, keep in mind that struggling is an important part of any growth experience. In fact, it is the struggle that causes you to develop your ability to fly.

I was that butterfly “with a swollen body and shriveled wings” until I met Louise Swartswalter.

Let me tell you a little about the person who shared this story with me. Over the past 6 months Deanna has transformed. She’s quit addictions, including quitting a 30-year habit of smoking, lost weight and inches, is more confident and courageous, is attracting new clients, learning the BRAIN System and using its tools to up-level her life. She has learned to turn her struggle into something beautiful. She has become a butterfly. Congratulations Deanna!


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