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Have you ever noticed a change that needed to happen at work that would make things
run smoother, would result in more customer satisfaction, would create more profit,
or would simply improve employee moral without negatively affecting productivity?
Did your manager shut you down and completely ignore your suggestions? Have you
ever had a vision for how your local community or state could make some positive
changes to clean up the environment, ease traffic congestion, keep the teenagers
out of trouble, or help the homeless only to have the local politicians and officials
bury your ideas in red tape and governmental double-
After a caterpillar buries itself inside its cocoon, it waits to morph into a butterfly.
The caterpillar does not simply shrink a bit and sprout wings. Instead, it sort
of disintegrates into a puddle of ooze within the cocoon. If we were to open the
cocoon halfway through the process, we would not find a half-
These new cells are called imaginal cells and they are so completely different from the original ooze cells that they are thought to be a virus or some other form of enemy so the ooze cells begin attacking the imaginal cells. However, even though the imaginal cells are being killed off for not fitting in, they still keep showing up, more and more of them. Eventually, the imaginal cells begin to find each other and cluster together. Like attracts like, and the clusters begin to join up with other clusters. The original ooze cells still keep attacking them but the imaginal cells continue to multiply and cluster together.
Eventually, they become a large community and they switch gears from simply being
a group of like-
Sometimes we are led to play the role of imaginal cell in our little corner of the world. Being one of the very first of the imaginal cells can be a painful road to travel. It is different later on down the road as your cause begins to gather steam and becomes more popular. Imagine what the first women who were fighting for our right to vote went through compared to what we go through today trying to get equal pay and respect for a job well done. Imagine what the fighting for the right to even create a country based on inalienable rights and personal freedoms compared to what we go through just trying to maintain our rights and define what those freedoms are. Minority groups often feel like a cluster of imaginal cells being wrongly attacked just for being different. The masses assume that they must be the enemy; why else would they be so different? Being an outspoken lone wolf with a vision for big change away from the status quo can be scary and even dangerous.
I could tell you to hold true to your visions and to fight to the death. I could tell you that you should never ever allow anyone to stop you from making your dreams of a better world come true. But the truth is, we are not always committed to our visions. If you are working for a company that is growing stagnant and is not willing to adapt and grow with the times, then maybe your energy and brilliance is wasted on trying to fix them or change them. Maybe you should move on to another company, start your own business doing things ‘right’ according to your new vision, or simply let it go if all that really matters is that paycheck that allows you to feed and clothe your family. Not everyone who has a beautiful vision has the heart and soul of an activist within. Some things are definitely worth fighting to the death for while others are simply pleasant ideals. Only you can decide for yourself which of your imaginal cell type ideas are worth your time and energy.
If you are an imaginal cell in your family, in your workplace, in your community, in your political system, in your spiritual viewpoints, in your global world; know that you are not alone and know that what you do to improve life for your fellow man does matter and it does add weight to the collective consciousness of humanity. You may feel like you are completely alone in your battle, but know that there are others who agree, who are also dying for your cause, or who are so inspired by seeing you put it all on the line that they are finally brave enough to step forward making their agreement with you known.
If the imaginal cell is a quiet little thought somewhere in the back corner of your
mind telling you that you could make huge changes in yourself to become less like
the caterpillar and more like the butterfly, then know that you are not alone. Many
people have done it before you and many more will follow your lead. You will know
if you are meant to grow, morph, and change into some new and improved version of
yourself by the reoccurring theme of those tiny little imaginal cells creating inspirational
thoughts within your mind. The reoccurring thoughts will both haunt you and inspire
you. They will cluster together creating themes of healing change, themes of growth,
and themes of becoming something completely different then who you used to be. Fear
not, for you are simply undergoing the butterfly’s experience. You too will feel
alone in the dark unsure of what is you and what is not you. You too will have to
claim that which is beautiful within and you too will have to fight your own way
out of your self-
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