Easter Sunday has special significance to me. In just a few days I will celebrate my Al-Anon birthday, when I mark the day I found my way into this program.
That my Al-Anon birthday falls in this season of rebirth and resurrection is not lost on me. Nothing in my life has changed me more.
That said, I can find no better story to tell on Easter than that of "Our Butterfly Story."
The following excerpt comes from a piece I read aloud with my sponsor at the completion of my fifth step. After I read it, my sponsor presented me with a gift of a butterfly necklace to symbolize my spiritual rebirth. I wear it today as a reminder.
Our Butterfly Story
"... We in AA and Al-Anon have much in common with the butterfly, and many use it as a symbol. There are many reasons for this. Long before the time of Christ, the butterfly was a symbol of resurrection and eternal life. Most of us feel that in the program, we have found "new life" indeed... and the butterfly is a visual aid to remind us tat we no longer think, feel or act as we once did. We were trapped in a cocoon of darkness, and have wrestled our way into the sunlight. The butterfly denotes both gaiety and happiness--chasing after them is fruitless for like the butterfly, they flit away. But if we become still and "at one' with God, sometimes one will light upon our shoulder...
"...The butterfly is on earth a very short time, but it spends its time flying from flower to flower, taking pollen from one and giving it to the other, making sure that each shares life with the other... and seeking to make the world more beautiful after it is gone than when it came... that's what you and I are trying to do..."
May your heart be transformed, and your life filled with beauty.