Remind the Butterflies

Later today I will be stepping into some new and unknown territory. There’s a part of me that’s nervous. Transitions will often prompt those internal butterflies to flap their wings anxiously.

Last night I tweeted this in the writer’s chat group I sometimes participate in on Tuesday evenings:

It’s going to come down to prioritizing. A week filled w/ transitions. I’ll celebrate the small forward movements

Instead of going into freak out mode when I come across the unknown this week, I want to take the better approach:

  • Communicate and ask questions…take the risk of looking stupid in order to learn what you need to learn.
  • Learning something new takes time and effort….be willing to invest both.
  • Extend grace…both to the people around you and also to yourself.
  • Have fun!  Remember that having the opportunity to journey into new territory is a privilege and an adventure. Life is more interesting and rewarding when we are put into situations that stretch and grow us.

Sometimes the butterflies need a little reminder where to fly.

What other tips would you give the butterflies?

Linking up with Tracy today for Winsome Wednesday


14 thoughts on “Remind the Butterflies

  1. bill (cycleguy)

    Not much to add to your list Eileen. Least none that I can think of. 🙂 However, I do wan to emphasize your 3rd and 4th entry. Mistakes will be made all around. You extend grace and it will be extended. But by all means, have fun!! If something ain’t fun (excuse my English) then it ain’t worth doing. Praying whatever it is that the transition goes smoothly and is a good one.

  2. Lorna Faith

    Excited for the new changes in your life Eileen 🙂 Love your list …it’s exactly where I’m at right now as I just got my list of edits back from my editor for my 1st Historical Romantic Suspense. It can seem scary and overwhelming, but I’m trying to do what you do. Ask questions, be willing to invest time and effort, extend grace and have fun in all the stretching and growing that’s required! Great post! Praying that it goes well for you today 🙂

  3. Margaret

    How about–hold still long enough so I can snap a picture! We often are so quick to jump here and there and land on every flower in the patch instead of reveal in the flower we are currently on

  4. Pamela

    It’s an excellent list. You’ll fly with the butterflies! It’s hard facing the new, but the results always inspire not only us, but the one giving us direction.


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