Once years ago, I was teaching Physical
Education at MHS and one of my students was running around with a net during my jogging unit. I stopped her to ask what she was doing and with a defeated look on her face she replied, "trying to catch a butterfly for my science class Mr. Frascone". Just as I was about to reply with words of encouragement, I noticed a beautiful butterfly sitting on her shoulder. I proceeded to ask, "Have you checked your shoulder?" She slowly looked down with amazement and graciously brought the net to her shoulder. Within seconds the butterfly flew in.
This memory came to mind over the break when I began thinking about my future and the things I want to chase after. It's our nature isn't it? To reflect during this season and to think about wanting something just out of our reach or "chasing butterflies". If we aren't mindful of our focus, we can become exhausted chasing after fleeting and aimless objects.
I believe this memory came to me because deep down inside, my subconscious was telling me to look at my own shoulder. I did and saw my family, I saw this job, I saw all of you, and this beautiful butterfly came into a brilliant focus...
I encourage you to glance at your shoulder. What do you see sitting there? Could it be that butterfly you're chasing after?