The Importance of Monarchs

The Importance of Monarchs

The concept of transformation is difficult for some. When that's the case, I refer to the monarch.

"Each new year is a surprise to us. We find that we had virtually forgotten the note of each bird, and when we hear it again, it is remembered like a dream, reminding us of a previous state of existence…The voice of nature is always encouraging.” – Henry David Thoreau

A friend of mine recently posted this Thoreau quote on Facebook. She has a knack for finding the perfect literary reference for almost any situation. This one was attached to a photo of her kids who were fascinated by all the insects that had come out to enjoy the warmth of Spring.

It also reminded me of one of the key elements and biggest challenges of personal transformation: remaining true to yourself. I’ve worked with several people in transition from one part of their lives to the next. Often, clients get excited when they realize they've accomplished something significant, and then show signs of trepidation about the vast changes they see ahead.

Transformation is big. It signals a kind of “out with the old, in with the new” approach to change. It sounds sweeping and scary on the surface, but using nature as the key to understanding transformation, I offer my clients the monarch butterfly.

What we see before the cocoon is spun is a caterpillar. Once it enters its chrysalis, it begins the process of becoming a butterfly. The same creature that entered the cocoon emerges - only now in a different form. The orange, black, and white stripes on the monarch caterpillar become brightly colored wings and spotted abdomen of the monarch butterfly.

I see my clients’ faces light up. They begin to recognize for themselves how they can honor the things in their current existence that are important to them while taking on the changes they see in next phase of their lives. One of my clients showed up with a butterfly tattoo shortly after our nature talk. She gave herself a way of telling her transformation story when someone asked about her butterfly. Brilliant!

Spring is the season of growth and renewal, sunshine and rainstorms, caterpillars and butterflies. It’s also a great time to begin your journey into transformation - and coaching can give you support you need to become a new you. Let’s get started on your transformation together!

Bradley K. Ward, ACC is Principal Coach and Consultant at The Mission Coach, LLC in Palm Springs, CA. Contact Brad to find out how coaching can help you do what you do, better!

This article was originally published at The Mission Coach Blog. Reprinted with permission from the author.