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Why the Butterfly is Considered Inspirational

Updated on April 10, 2012
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I'm an inspirational writer working in interior design, planning commercial offices where I found my niche, but with a passion for writing.

Faith Dream

Why the Butterfly for the Avatar?

People have asked me, why the butterfly? I chose the butterfly to represent for several reasons.

Symbolic in so many ways, the butterfly represents new life.

In freedom, they float through the winds, softly touching the things of this life, making their mark on the world.

With grace and beauty, soft and peaceful, the butterfly captures my attention.

A butterfly’s life is short lived however only lasting a season, but during that time it transforms.

Just as the seasons of life, we are evolving and changing.

And a Butterfly is born.


Butterflies of Spring

Evolution of a Butterfly

For the butterfly, life develops. From a caterpillar, crawling around inch by inch; they do not get very far.

Just as in life, we do what we can to survive. Moving along to get to where we are going, we don’t see much past our own existence.

The world is a big place. In the life of a caterpillar that little world is just enough.

Then the time comes when a transformation must take place. Left as a caterpillar, it would dry up and not take form.

Finding a good place to settle in, the caterpillar finds the best spot. A leaf on that old maple tree, perhaps, a little corner on the wall, maybe, the caterpillar picks the perfect spot. It takes rest. We take rest, we wait a little while for the sufferings to end.

Through its own making the caterpillar spins a web of cocoon to protect him and a shelter him against the elements. Then it waits.

Covered and sheltered by the world, the caterpillar waits. Just as in life, we hide from those elements that will cause us harm. Fight or flight is our safety net. Creating an atmosphere of protection to shield us from the wounds of life, we are transforming.

Living on the ground inching through life and yet still to be transformed.

Changing into a new creature, beginning a new life, a garden-fresh season in which to live. When the butterfly reenters the world, it can undoubtedly fly. With a flutter so graceful it sails in the winds.

The butterfly symbolizes a certain freedom. Independent from restrictions, worries, and the slow moving paces of the caterpillar, the butterfly stretches their wings and takes flight.

Carrying itself along life’s paths traveling to certain destinies, the butterfly is graceful and in peace. After living a life as a caterpillar, it becomes something so wonderfully beautiful.

No longer traveling inch by inch, little by little, now it can take flight and swiftly glide to the next destination.

We can learn from the simplicity of this. That our lives are predestined.

In our old ways, we travel along little by little and make no difference at all. Or we can choose to unwrap ourselves and move beyond our comfort zones.

Taking flight into a new journey, down a different path.

Butterfly Wallpaper


Essence of Butterflies


Butterflies are Inspirational

The butterfly represents change. In due season, we become transformed.

Life is more than what we see on the ground. If we take flight and glide through the wondrous lands we will see the awestruck beauty that is all around us.

Living carefree without worries after a long cessation renews the spirit.

Taking flight to touch the lives around us, a transition takes place.

The evolution of a butterfly is amazing. Gradually developing into something far better than where it came from, the butterfly represents alterations.

Breathing inspiration into my soul, the change is poised. Ready to move, suspended in air, the motion of a butterfly is self-assured and calm.

Have you ever had a butterfly land against you? With a light touch so gentle that you barely felt it. Having an effect on somebody with a level of approach to sense that touch of approval is tender like that.

Appreciating the beauty that captures my spirit to be free. The butterfly connects the transformation.

Approaching an amazing discovery, I am embarking on a new journey. It’s like being swept up in the presence of angels. I am a new creature.

With a passion to embrace something in life so endearing that it lasts more than a season, it's truly inspiring. The Butterfly represents that to me.

Living in faith every day, my dreams are altering a new reality.

Blue Butterfly

Butterfly Dreams

May the wings of the butterfly kiss the sun
And find your shoulder to light on,
To bring you luck, happiness and riches
Today, tomorrow and beyond.
~Irish Blessing

Happiness is a butterfly, which when pursued, is always just beyond your grasp, but which, if you will sit down quietly, may alight upon you. ~Nathaniel Hawthorne

"Just living is not enough," said the butterfly, "one must have sunshine, freedom and a little flower." ~Hans Christian Anderson

We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty. ~Maya Angelou

Why the butterfly?

It has marked my season of change.

I only ask to be free. The butterflies are free. ~Charles Dickens


Butterfly Kisses by Bob Carlisle


A Little Known Fact about the Monarch

The Monarch Butterfly is the state insect of Alabama, Idaho, Illinois, Minnesota, and Texas.

It is the state butterfly of Vermont and West Virginia.

A Butterfly Connection


© 2011 FaithDream


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      Novella Lewis 

      3 years ago

      Butterflies are so inspiring and so wonderful to watch i was in my garden moments ago where i have planted flowers for them i have never seen so many little ones. This huge monarch almost knocked me down trying to get to this plant,he and i was so close i could feel the air from his wings. I stood over the plant taking it's picture and recording him, he acted as if I wasn't there. It was an amazing moment to be in his present.Loved It!!!!!

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      4 years ago

      awesome information , i dønt know Why from past couple of months Iam becoming Very fond of butterflies . . Reading your views on butterflies i Remember a quote which is ' if you want to Win you Need to try so hard that you have to stop being a caterpillar '. . .

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      7 years ago from (Midwest) USA

      Thanks frogyfish. Love your comment. Oh but a caterpillar you may be today, for tomorrow the butterfly will evolve and soon come to be. :)

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      7 years ago from Central United States of America

      A beautiful melding of the caterpillar, butterfly and us! Loved your detail and comparison, for it is filled with truth. I love butterflies too! And I am a caterpillar now...BUT...Yea!

    • FaithDream profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from (Midwest) USA

      Thanks kasiapl for reading and commenting. Much appreciated.

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      8 years ago from New Jersey , USA

      Really great hub, inspiring to always look for the greater things in life and transform to be better and not lose your shine :)

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      8 years ago from (Midwest) USA

      Thank you skye2day. Your words are inspiring and very kind. Thanks for the blessing. I am encouraged.

      Blessings to you.

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      8 years ago from Rocky Mountains

      Blessings 'sista' I saw your comment to precious pearl and thought it was so lovely. I popped on over for a read. A new sister in Christ. Glory to God. I love your hub of love. The pictures are beautiful and your words are inspiration to a hurting heart or reminder for All that change is inevitable. God does not change that is the most wonderful news Amen sis! Honored to meet you and I linked out voted up and beautiful.

      I wrote a hub caterpillar months and months ago about change and transformation. Too much. God is good. All of His creation amazing. Jesus is returning soon so u keep on and keep on handing the cup of fresh living water k?

      I love you your sis in Christ Jesus. Hugs

    • FaithDream profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from (Midwest) USA

      Thank you Cathy, I appreciate your kind comments.

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      Cathy I 

      8 years ago from New York

      I too find the butterfly very inspirational, particularly from a story told by Dr. Wayne Dyer. It's beauty and its grace is heartwarming. Thanks for all this information on the butterfly. This is a wonderful hub.

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      8 years ago from (Midwest) USA

      Thanks Fluffy, you are kind. I appreciate your comments. You are very encouraging.

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      8 years ago from Enterprise, OR

      You are one smart cookie to write on the butterfly like this, so very true. Come read my dream based stories soon I will be adding one from my childhood with butterflies. Voted up and useful.

    • FaithDream profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from (Midwest) USA

      Thanks Eiddwen. Appreciate your comments, glad you stopped by.

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      8 years ago from Wales

      Thank you for this one. Great hub.

      Take care.

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      8 years ago from (Midwest) USA

      Thanks fossillady. I appreciate you stopping by and sharing your thoughts.

      Thanks quill. Those are wise words. Butterflies soften the hearts, I like that.

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      8 years ago

      Butterflies soften the hardest of hearts with their gentleness musch the same as the words you have left for many to read. Excellent writing... looking forward to reading on...

      Blessings from Canada

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      8 years ago from Saugatuck Michigan

      I love it when butterflies land on you. I have lots of them that visit my garden in the summer months. Your article is 100% spot on they represent transformation to something more beautiful than where they came from which we can all aspire to. thanks for sharing

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      9 years ago from (Midwest) USA

      Tamarajo, how interesting. It's amazing how God's creatures have the ability to adapt and change.

      Carrie, thank you. Butterfly images bring me inspiration.

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      9 years ago from Winnipeg, Canada

      Nice hub FaithDream and lovely photos of the butterflies.

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      9 years ago

      I have actually watched the whole process. In the fall I took a couple of monarch catepillars along with lots of milk weed and put them in a ventilated jar and watched them cocoon and hatch. It really is a beautiful and interesting process.

      Enjoyed your life application of it

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      9 years ago from (Midwest) USA

      Thanks for all your great comments.

      Heart4theword, thank you for your inspiration.

      Creativeone, it's amazing to see how many people love the butterfly. Thanks for reading.

      Revmjm, that is wonderful. Butterfly collecting, that's cool.


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      Margaret Minnicks 

      9 years ago from Richmond, VA

      I am bookmarking this information for future reference because I collect butterflies.

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      benny Faye Douglass 

      9 years ago from Gold Canyon, Arizona

      Thank you FaithDream, for a very informative analogy of the beautiful butterfly, I like them too. God bless. creativeone59

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      9 years ago from hub

      This is a lovely hub:) Enjoyed your pictures and your writing! May you continue to have wings to fly:)


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