Persevere and Grow Strong Wings
Going back to the story of my apricot picking experience with Daughter Number Three; that day we witnessed a cicada coming out of its shell. It is such an awesome thing to watch. As we watched it start to emerge I told her not to touch it. Later she asked me what would happen if she touched it. I asked her if she did, and she said ‘no’. She thought that it would be bad for her to touch it, as it might be poisonous. I explained that it would not be bad for her, but that it would be bad for the cicada.
I explained to my daughter how amazing Cicadas are in their life cycles. The Cicada eggs are laid in tree bark. When the eggs hatch, the nymphs fall from the trees to the ground where they burrow into the earth. Depending on the type of Cicada, they will be underground between one and 17 years. They then dig out of the ground and climb up onto a tree, plant, or other structure. It is then that the Cicada begins to emerge from its shell. Its body vibrates or shakes to break the back of the shell. The shaking continues as the Cicada pushes its way out of the shell. The total emergence takes hours, during which time the wings become stronger as they continue to push out of the shell. Once the Cicada has emerged from its shell it takes several more hours for its wings and body to dry so it can fly. As I explained, if we touched the Cicada or interfered with the process of emerging, we would have prevented it from ever flying. Its wings would not have the chance to dry, so it would not be strong enough.
I know that for many gardeners and plant lovers Cicadas are viewed as a pest. They eat plants and lay their eggs in trees or tree bark, which can damage or kill the trees or plants.
Just like a Cicada, in our personal growth it is vital to our success to break out of our shells, and not stop the process until we have emerged with strong wings. We have to keep working to break out of our hard, old ways that no longer serve us so that we can use our wings to reach new heights and new goals. Even if it takes 17 years, like some Cicadas, to fully realize the new you or to develop the strong wings it is definitely worth the work.
Today’s Challenge: Push out of your shell and start spreading your new wings! Just take one step today to break out of an old routine and move toward the new wings that await you.
“If you were born without wings, do nothing to prevent them from growing.” ~ Coco Chanel