A Monarch Butterfly: Hope, Transformation, and Rebirth


Taking a moment to learn from nature...

Monarch butterfly of hope

courtesy of Frank Clark


I recently had the blessing of encountering a monarch butterfly during my wellness walk. I could not resist the urge to reach for my smart phone and capture this priceless moment. This providential encounter led to a fruitful reflection and a reminder of the symbolism associated with butterflies: hope, transformation, and rebirth.

During this season of uncertainty may we be mindful of the transformation that is taking place in our hearts and minds. May we remember that our Creator emboldens us to veer toward the road of resurrection. May we inhale the spirt of the monarch butterfly and spread our wings filled infinite hope.

I pray this poem offers inspiration and peace.

A monarch sighting

Genial gift for foliage

Seasons of rebirth

Dr Clark is an outpatient psychiatrist at Prisma Health-Upstate and clinical associate professor at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine, Greenville. He served on the American Psychiatric Association’s Task Force to Address Structural Racism Throughout Psychiatry, and he currently serves as the Diversity and Inclusion section editor and advisory board member for Psychiatric TimesTM.

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