Butterflies…it brought to mind how our thoughts flit through our minds like butterflies. If we don’t take a moment to capture that thought right then and there it will fly away sometimes never to be recalled. What a loss. I believe our subconscious mind is at work all the time. First of all to bring these thoughts to us and secondly to retrieve the important ones. We need to focus on these prompts and follow through with what ever actions we can take. Sometimes all that is needed is to write that thought down so that we can address it later.
As I continued to think about butterflies it brought back this memory.
We took a family vacation to Niagara Falls about 14-15 years ago. Dave and Jenny’s were with us, that made it even more special. We went to a botanical garden where they had a butterfly house. Hundreds of butterflies flitted around. Beautiful colors in flight. Large ones, small ones, lots of lush plants and trees for them to land on. I remember it was very humid inside. The kids enjoyed watching them and trying to coax them to land on their outstretched hands. They were so close yet just outside their reach.
A fun time to think back on and remember. Those butterflies being so close yet just outside our reach made me think about our thoughts.
Those butterflies being so close yet outside my reach remind me of how I feel when I wake with a great thought that escaped upon awakening. I have this sense that something good just occurred but I can’t remember what it was. Oh to be able to have an instant screen shot ability to capture those moments.
So how can we capture more of those fleeting “brilliant ideas” that pass too quickly from our grasp?
Being present in the moment helps us to recognize and capture those cues. Turning off distractions, putting away devices that keep us constantly on alert can help us be present in the here and now. Eliminating clutter is important also. Visual clutter can be very distracting. Noise-the ping and dings of cell phones has disrupted our silence. Noise can be as addicting as sugar, alcohol or drugs. Noise is used to drown out that inner voice that is trying to tell us what we need to hear. Eventually that inner voice stops speaking-at least loud enough to be heard over the rest of the noise.
That, my friend, is a very sad state to find ourselves in.
What butterfly thoughts are constantly surfacing for you? Are you listening? Are you following through on what your inner voice is telling you? What distractions do you use to hide from it?
I myself let the cell phone dings and pings distract me. Visual clutter is also a problem for me. Noise not so much. I enjoy driving without the radio on. I enjoy the quiet of the country. It is peaceful and restorative. I think that is the appeal of vacations, when you stay at a hotel, a resort, a beach house, or a cottage in the woods, there isn’t all the clutter to distract. The minimum of luxuries are there with out the accumulated masses of stuff. It gives space to breathe, to unwind and to relax. If it all works out we come home rejuvenated. How do you feel when you walk back into your home after a week, or even a few hours away? Do you feel opening arms welcoming you in and you are excited to be back home or do you enter your home and feel claustrophobic, depressed, or weighted down?
Interesting thoughts from a little prompt called butterflies and a beautiful photo.
I hope this has given you some food for thought. I know what I need to do today. I need to get a box and put away
some a lot of this stuff that causes visual clutter for me. So here I go. Finding a box, not hard, there is one in my bedroom, and picking up stuff that is no longer needed and putting things away that have been pulled out and not put back where they belong.
If you are brave enough to share with me what your distractions are I will never be judgmental about them. I am sure that I have many of the same, they just might manifest themselves a little differently. Have a wonderful day.
PS: I couldn’t find a photo of my own of a butterfly so I did the next best thing and shared a photo of a quilt I made for Brianne that has butterflies on it. LOL. Hey that’s me, I am a quilter.