Why the Blue Butterfly?
By: Nancy Hawley, MA, LMHC ~
Images tend to bring up emotions. Take a look around your world and see the images you have displayed around you. You likely chose them because of an emotion you felt or how the image “spoke to you.” Whether it be an abstract image, saying or quotes, photos of vacations, family or friends, landscapes or buildings, each of those images said something to you.
In much the same way, the image of the butterfly as the Sense of Hope Counseling logo spoke to me, eliciting emotions of letting go, transformation and mostly, hope. In reality, a caterpillar stops eating, hangs upside down from a twig or leaf and spins itself a silky cocoon or molts into a shiny chrysalis. Within its protective casing, the caterpillar radically transforms its body, eventually emerging as a butterfly or moth. This can feel very much like what people go through as trauma or grief encompasses their life. Our world turns upside down, going into a cocoon feels safe and much like a caterpillar, transformation can be difficult. Imagine emerging as a butterfly, freeing yourself from the cocoon, casting off what is no longer needed and freeing yourself to fly. There is hope in this image, hope that you can all transform and fly free.