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What A Butterfly Painting Could Teach You About Life

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This very short story underscores the fact that as humans, everyone is responsible for how his/her future turns out. 

I’ll be posting more and more stories in coming posts. I’ll be happy to have your feedback on what you think of them. Enjoy. 

Sometime last year, I was at The idea school organized by the Orange Academy. The workshop consisted of three sessions – all of which were thought-provoking and insightful. In one of the sessions, the speaker, Kenny Brandmuse taught us how an idea was like a butterfly and how it has to pass through various stages – from egg to larva to pupa to the adult butterfly – to become successful.

At the end of the class, we were handed a piece of paper with a butterfly printed on it and asked to colour it, with the crayons provided, however we liked – the significance of which we wouldn’t realize until later. 
After five minutes of painting or what looked like painting, we handed in our papers. And it was at this point that Kenny opened our minds to an insight that we had not previously considered. 

Prior to asking us to paint, we were separated into groups of five, each with a table having just a few colours of crayons available to paint their butterflies. The implication was that if a  group had only black and brown crayons on their table, the butterflies from that group were most likely to be variants of black and brown. Some tables even had black and green painted butterflies!!! What had happened was that instead of reaching across to the other tables, we had all restricted our paintings to the colours available on our tables. Whereas, if we had made an attempt to reach out to the other tables, there would have been more colourful displays of butterflies that day.

Kenny then explained to us the significance of the painting exercise: Nobody is born with all the resources (s)he needs. Therefore the onus lies on the individual to seek out resources and network with people who have the resources he or she needs to succeed. 
In his words, “your future is as colourful as you want it to be.” It’s up to you. What will you do?

My Painted Butterfly

Ifeoluwapo Odedere
© 2014

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