Saturday, February 21, 2009

Happines and the butterfly

Eve had this quote in her blog-

"Happiness is like a butterfly: The more you chase it, the more it will elude you, but if you turn your attention to other things, it will come and sit softly on your shoulder."

— Henry David Thoreau

This quote brought me to tears this morning.

Some of you know that I love taking pictures and that one day I hope that my photography can earn me income so I can take more and more pictures. ;)
Anyway... I know all too well how the butterfly flutters about not wanting to be captured. I only want to take its pretty picture! Still- it is difficult. My most prized encounter was a time I went camping. I was following a trail and had seen a butterfly. Off I went mindlessly following it. I lost sight of it eventually, so I stood and watched the sunlight dancing on the brook. I just relaxed and took in the moment. Then the most magical moment happened. The butterfly I pursued came and landed on my shoulder!!! I SO wanted to take a picture but it was impossible! My husband saw it but had no camera and didn't want to scare it away. It was amazing. It graced me with its beauty and soft tickly feet. It only stayed for a minute but I felt peace the rest of that trip like no other. Mr. Thoreau is absolutely correct. You can't chase happiness (or a butterfly). But if you just wait and take in everything around you, you may just get more than you hoped for.


Tracy said...

great quote!

Michelle said...

Love the quote!

When are you going to post some pics of your work girl?

Kelly Olexa said...