It was a sweltering Spring day.
The temperatures felt more like July than May.
A thunderstorm had passed over earlier
but now the clouds were clearing
and the sun had returned.
Steam was coming off the wet sidewalk
as I parked my car next to the meter
and tossed a quarter into it.
I headed into the local thrift store to buy my son a shirt.
The air conditioning in there was a welcome relief from the heat outside.
After I made my purchase
I walked back out into the heat.
I got in my car but had to wait to pull out
because of all the cars lined up at the red stop light.
I looked out of my car window
A single butterfly was frantically fluttering
but not getting off the ground.
It was right in front of a truck's tire too.
Without thinking I got out of my car,
held my hand up so the truck driver wouldn't move forward,
and bent down to look at the butterfly.
One of its legs was stuck in what looked like spilt soda.
I reached down
and gently as I could cupped the butterfly in my hands.
I lifted its leg up
and suddenly it was free.
I opened my hands
and up it flew towards the shining sun.
My own eyes shined brighter
and my own heart felt lighter as I watched it.
Now a lot of people might wonder
why I would step out into traffic like that
to rescue a single butterfly.
All I can say is that my heart was guiding me at that moment.
And when I was done I felt more like my true self than I had all day.
The truth is the closer you are to the Earth,
the closer you come to Happiness.
The more love that you share on this Earth,
the more love you take with you to Eternity
Fill your days with grace, goodness, and love then.
And your heart will feel as light as a butterfly.