Breaking Out of Our Cocoons
How do we respond when life does not turn out as planned and we are stuck in our cocoons?
Many times the end result is frustration, anger, and isolation. We had grand plans in our lives to accomplish the extraordinary. But life took a different turn or we had a limitation placed in our lap which inhibited us from attaining our goals. When placed in this situation we usually end up retreating to our cocoon to build up a wall of protection around us.
Creating Our Cocoons
There is nothing wrong with retreating to our cocoon. There are times we must retreat and protect in order to deal with the issues at hand. When looking at the animal kingdom, the caterpillar creates their cocoon for the purpose of transformation. They are going from existing in one state, as a caterpillar, to becoming something beautiful, a butterfly. But without the cocoon this transformation could not take place.
Issues only arises when we make the cocoon our permanent residence. When we refuse to break out of our cocoon and fly back into reality.
Isolating in the Cocoon
This process can easily occur in our own lives. Because of the pain, hurt, or frustration we may need to create our own cocoon. Not to isolate ourselves from the world, but so transformation can occur. We go into the cocoon in one state, but we use the time in the cocoon to transform, to dream new dreams, create a new reality, and to live a new life. We may enter the cocoon in order to figure our how to life a new life under different circumstances.
But we cannot stay here. We must enter the cocoon with the understanding transformation will occur and we will leave a better person. This is the point where we can begin to bust out of our cocoon to become something even more beautiful and amazing.
If we choose to stay in the cocoon we are making life more difficult for us. The longer we stay in our own cocoons the thicker the walls become. The longer we wait, the longer we delay our own transformation. The longer we stay in the cocoon the thicker the walls become. The harder our heart will become and it will become more difficult to bust through the walls.
Regardless of our circumstances we must be committed to transforming our lives. Our life will not turn out as planned, obstacles will be placed in our path, and our dreams will change. That is fine. There is nothing wrong with any of this. But if we choose not to transform, or to keep ourselves locked up in the cocoon, then we will never unleash the fullness of our own lives. We will never allow ourselves to live an extraordinary life because of our own limitations.
Where are you in your life? Are you unwilling to transform or are you bitter of the hand life has dealt you? Are you stuck in your cocoon not wanting to break free? How can you transform your life and what can you do to begin the process today?
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