As I was driving home listening to the radio, I heard a quote which struck a chord with me and sent my mind whirring into its deeper meaning. Then, this morning, I spotted a blog post from Remembering Infinity which related a delightful little story from his grandmother reflecting upon that quote. You’ll find this story by following the link to Born to Fly.
I can hear you all telling me to stop waffling and give you the quote, so here it is.
What the caterpillar calls the end of the world, the master calls a butterfly.
The quote comes from Richard Bach’s book, Illusions: The Adventures of a Reluctant Messiah, which I have yet to read. He is, of course well known to most for Jonathan Livingstone Seagull, which I loved from the moment I first read it on the train journey to commence my military training many years ago. That book is truly inspirational fiction.
It also links very well into another quote by the same author, again from Illusions: The Adventures of a Reluctant Messiah.
[Note to self: Read that book!]
Here is a test to find whether your mission on earth is finished:
If you’re alive, it isn’t.
And that takes me neatly back to a wonderful poem, which I recommend you turn to if every you are bereaved: Death is not the End.
So there you have my contribution for this week. The message that I take from all of this is that when all seems lost, it really isn’t. In fact, something more beautiful may emerge from the wreckage that seems to surround you. Be every hopeful.