The Butterfly’s Pain

“The important thing is this: to be able at any moment to sacrifice what we are for what we would become.”

– Charles du Bos

So many of us, I think, hold the image of who we are so tightly, as if the image were a real thing. Well, it can certainly seem real enough. And then behind the image of who we are, there’s who we actually are, without the makeup, without the editing, without the rehearsal or the director or the coach. And that person perhaps we don’t show to anyone, or only very few people. (Or perhaps, even, we’re not one of those people who can manage to mask the awkward, imperfect person we are and that costs us something in social interactions.)

And even if we don’t like the person we currently are, can we, as this beautiful piece of wisdom from du Bos points out, manage to sacrifice small portions or large swaths of that which we hold so dearly in order to transform into the even better version of ourselves that we will become?

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