Our Dragonfly Symbol
Emily had a dragonfly on the center of her back, near her neck. Since she has died, we have been seeing dragonflies everywhere! The dragonfly has become a special symbol for us. In almost every part of the world, the dragonfly symbolizes change, transformation, adaptability and self-realization. The change that is often referred to has its source in mental and emotional maturity and understanding the deeper meaning of life.
We had a paint and wine fundraiser on Emily's birthday, July 7 2018, and this is the canvas we painted:
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, the 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 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! As he soared, he saw the beauty of a whole new world and a far superior way of life to what he had know 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.
He tried 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 knew. So he raised his wings and flew off into his joyous new life.
It is said that when we see a dragonfly, it is our loved ones who have passed on, letting us know they are OK. May these dragonflies bring the spirit of your loved one into your life.