Sunday, August 31, 2008

Remember this when you've lost a family member or friend.

The Dragonfly

Once, in a little pond, in the muddy water under the lily pads, there lived a little water beetle in a community of water beetles. They lived a simple and comfortable life in the pond with few disturbances and interruptions.

Once in a while, sadness would come to the community when one of their fellow beetles would climb the stem of a lily pad and would never be seen again. They knew when this happened; their friend was dead, gone forever.

Then, one day, one little water beetle felt an irresistible urge to climb up that stem. However, he was determined that he would not leave forever. He would come back and tell his friends what he had found at the top.

When he reached the top and climbed out of the water onto the surface of the lily pad, he was so tired, and the sun felt so warm, that he decided he must take a nap. As he slept, his body changed and when he woke up, he had turned into a beautiful blue-tailed dragonfly with broad wings and a slender body designed for flying.

So, fly he did! And, as he soared he saw the beauty of a whole new world and a far superior way of life to what he had never known existed.

Then he remembered his beetle friends and how they were thinking by now he was dead. He wanted to go back to tell them, and explain to them that he was now more alive than he had ever been before. His life had been fulfilled rather than ended.

But, his new body would not go down into the water. He could not get back to tell his friends the good news. Then he understood that their time would come, when they, too, would know what he now knew. So, he raised his wings and flew off
into his joyous new life!

~Author Unknown~


Reader Wil said...

Thank you for telling this story! It's a great comfort.

GrandmaKathleen said...

Thank you for sharing such an uplifting, inspirational transformation.

Renie Burghardt said...

And that is just how it happens! Then later, the dragonfly will go back to the same pond and lay eggs, and other little water beetles will hatch and so it has gone on for eons and will continue to go on.

Nice story. I have done articles about dragonflies. They are wonders of nature! And this was a sweet, encouraging tale.

Have a good night, Patty.


Wanda said...

What a wonderful story and truth.

There time will come.... I love that.

Have a wonderful Holiday.

Nancy said...

What a wonderful way to describe it!!! This would be good to keep for children, should they ever need it read to them.

(((((( HUGS ))))))