"A Candle Loses Nothing By Lighting Another Candle" - Father James Keller

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Special Guest Post by Author Kim Upstone

Why Remain A Caterpillar When You Could Be A Butterfly?

“How does one become a butterfly? You must want to fly so much that you are willing to
give up being a caterpillar.” Trina Paulus

How often do we look up and see a beautiful butterfly soaring in the sky, notice their
gorgeous colors reflected in the sunlight with the backdrop of the blue sky above them
and envy their freedom. What a view of the world they must see. They seem to glide
so naturally and effortlessly on the most gentle of breezes. Do you wish you could be a
butterfly? No worries, no cares, what freedom they must feel. It must be wonderful being a
butterfly.

We may forget that they were once a mere caterpillar. Grounded, with a limited view of the
world, unable to see all the beauty that was available to them, opportunities that only the
view from the vast sky can provide. It took great courage to climb alone to the top of the
tree, leaving behind all their caterpillar friends. Everyone begging them not to take the risk.
Stay on the ground, remain in the safety of the low branches.

Of course the butterfly is an analogy for us. How often do we remain grounded when we
really want to fly? We can come up with so many reasons to remain grounded and not risk
flying. We have every excuse; I don’t have the time or the energy, I work too many hours, I
have children, family, friends that need me, on and on it goes. You think it would be nice to
fly, you may even dream of flying, but then the negative thoughts bring you back to earth.
You are not all that fond of heights, all your caterpillar friends aren’t flying and you would
be up there all alone. Why take the risk?

Each of the reasons that you shouldn’t try to fly will be eclipsed by one compelling reason
you should. All it takes is one reason. That one compelling reason combined with a change
in your thinking can motivate you to climb higher and higher in the tree. The higher you
push yourself the easier it is to see the vast horizon and the opportunities not available to
all the caterpillars remaining safely on the ground. You must trust that the wings you have
been working hard to strengthen will serve you when you need them most. Allowing you to
leap confidently from the top of the tree and soar in the wind.

Don’t worry about all the caterpillars that are still grounded. Once you have taken the leap
yourself and are strong you may choose to return to help motivate them. You can show
them that they have nothing to fear by climbing higher and taking the risk. You are now an
example of what you can do if you decide to keep trying, showing that there is no limit to
what you can accomplish with a compelling goal. Telling them that it does takes hard work
but the benefit of the unlimited opportunities and the freedom of flying is well worth the
risk.

You can share with them that you have met other butterflies that have ventured where
you haven’t, tried things you have yet to try and taken even bigger risks than you could
have ever imagined. Now that you can see the view of unlimited opportunities, you are
going to go even higher. You now know that your wings are strong enough to take you
anywhere you decide to go. You are no longer limited to the ground or even the top of
the tree, you can now see an endless horizon and are eager to begin new adventures.

Be careful not become so preoccupied yourself with flying higher and higher that you forget
to enjoy the beautiful view from where you are at each moment! Remind yourself often how
wonderful the wind feels and how lucky you are to have been born a caterpillar who was
given the opportunity to become a butterfly.

Decide today! Create a compelling reason you should become a butterfly! There is no reason
to remain grounded when you were born to fly. Show off your colors, trust yourself, leap
from the branch, soar with the wind!

Genre: Self-Help/Women’s Issues
Publisher: Infinity Publishing
ISBN:0741458195


Bio:
Kim is one of 9 children born to a business entrepreneur father (still living) and a housewife (deceased). She has been married 32 years to her husband, Doug, who is a sports writer. She has I has two children, Melissa who lives in Hawaii, and Brent who is married and lives in Tempe, AZ and his wife.  They are expecting their first child, Grace, in August. Kim and her husband care for her sister, Debbie (who is 5 years older than Kim). She has special needs and they have Frank, their 4 year old cocker spaniel!  They  moved to Arizona seven years ago to get away from the cold.
Kim Upstone is the owner of A New Day A New Vision which is not only the name of her company, but her life philosophy. Kim believes that each new day we can create a new vision for ourselves, home and environment. As an author, motivational speaker and intuitive designer she resides with her family in Scottsdale, Arizona. With a background in interior design and interest into the effects of environment upon individuals, accreditation in staging and feng shui soon followed. In addition, she has studied  neuro- architecture. Her first book Step by Step To Sold and Feng Shui to Sell are reflections of those principals. Both books were written as guide for home sellers looking to prepare their home by combining Feng Shui and Staging techniques.

Feng Shui for Special Needs, her second book, is given out as a free ebook for people with life and learning challenges. Based on her own personal experience, the books  help those who work with special needs children and adults to make enhancements to their environments all in an effort to allow them to flourish.

Her new book All I Want Is Everything released in December 2009 is drawn from her life’s journey of searching how to find her everything and learning to dance in the storm. All I Want Is Everything is a guide to help women reclaim happiness and peace in the search for their everything.

About Kim's Book in her own words:
What do you want from your life? Do you want to discover for yourself what your everything is and then be able to live each day of your life with happiness and joy no matter what the circumstances. Do you want to have each day a realization of the gift you have been given to be here. Do you want to creating for yourself  the vision of who you want to be?

I wanted everything too and from the outside, it appeared that I had everything, a loving husband and two beautiful healthy children and strong faith. I have great house and all the things that go along with it. But even with all of those things I still felt something was missing. There was piece to the puzzle I needed to find. If I could locate that missing part I would then be complete and happy. 

My search lead me to look in many different directions, mostly outside of myself for the answers. It wasn’t until out of desperation I asked for guidance and received it that I learned all the answers were all within me waiting to be discovered.

All I Want Is Everything, A Guide to Love, Peace and Happiness is my journey to find my everything. What I found was so much more than I could have ever hoped for. They were the questions that lead me to the answers only I could answer. What I have created is a guide for your journey. Questions for you to answer that will lead you to your everything.  You too can discover the secrets hidden safely, waiting inside for you to choose to bring them into the light.


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Kim's book is also for purchase on her website. Kim will give a donation for each book purchased to Global Orphans Project.


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