Be Meaningful

Where did the title “like black butterflies” originate?

Over the holidays I was sitting at the kitchen table with my sisters trying to come up with a new blog and a new blog title. We threw around different combinations of words that were related to what I wanted to blog about and what kind of message I wanted to convey. And then my sister simply stated, “black butterfly,” because of this song by Deniece Williams:

Morning light, silken dream to flight
As the darkness gave way to dawn
You’ve survived, now your moment has arrived
Now your dream has finally been born

Chorus:
Black Butterfly, sailed across the waters
tell your sons and daughters
what the struggle brings
Black Butterfly, set the skies on fire
rise up even higher
so the ageless winds of time can catch your wings

While you slept, the promise was unkept
But your faith was as sure as the stars
Now you’re free, and the world has come to see
Just how proud and beautiful you are

Let the current lift your heart and send it soaring
Write the timeless message clear across the sky
So that all of can read it and remember when we need it
That a dream conceived in truth can never die
Butterfly

Cause now that you’re free and the world has come to see
Just how proud and beautiful you are

Butterflies also come with a lot of symbolism. It is a symbol of transformation because of its life cycle–its entire life changes within about a month to something completely unrecognizable from where it began. The butterfly is also associated with our souls and with faith:

This unwavering acceptance of her metamorphosis is also symbolic of faith. Here the butterfly beckons us to keep our faith as we undergo transitions in our lives. She understands that our toiling, fretting and anger are useless against the turning tides of nature – she asks us to recognize the same


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