A dragonfly

Lately, the dragonflies have been numerous in Florida. Their beautiful colors and wingspan can be mesmerizing. When I worked in hospice, we often used a children’s book, “Water bugs and Dragonflies,” to help parents explain the death and loss of their loved one.

The Story begins with colonies of water bugs who live in a pond under the water. Every once in a while, one of the water bugs finds itself climbing up a stalk landing on a lily pad above the water. The water bugs wonder why their friend never comes back after the climb. Of course, once on the lily pad, a beautiful transformation begins with the water bug shell falling away to reveal a dragonfly. When amid the change, the newly formed dragonfly must learn how to use its wings and fly.

In the Story, the dragonfly does try to go back and tells its friends of this change. It sees its friends under the water and tries to dive but cannot move into the water. The dragonfly knows that one day it will see its friends once again, so happily begins its new journey.

This is such a beautiful story and is similar to the Story of the butterfly. We are continually moving through change and transformation throughout our lives. Some of these changes can create pain and uncertainty. Yet most transformation does. Why would we want to leave our comfort zone? Have you ever gone to sit in a chair and been told, “that’s my spot!” Although it sounds silly, people do this all the time. Unfortunately, some folks will miss out on that beautiful sunset because the view is spectacular when sitting in another chair. We all love our comfort. We are being knocked out of our comfortable chairs and forced to change our way of being. I may feel alone and lonely in the process, and then I see not one but four dragonflies flitting and floating with a reminder that I am not alone. I am one with a Universe that is in the midst of a planetary transformation.

I leave you with some fun facts about Dragonflies. Have a beautiful week!

Dragonflies are powerful and graceful flyers and flap their wings about 30 times per minute.

They have 20 times more strength in their wings than other insects and are expert flyers. They eat smaller bugs, especially mosquitos, and live between 24 hours and six months.

They represent change, transformation, and adaption to life.

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