I was gardening yesterday and I finally saw the caterpillars that have been munching on the leaves of my pretty unsuspecting plants.
A little background – last week, I noticed half of a new leaf sprout was sliced right in the middle. I was so upset but in that exact moment, a butterfly flew past me to my hibiscus, and I watched it suck the nectar from the flower and trigger pollination. That simple action will go a long way to birth new hibiscus babies. In its own way, it had contributed its quota to the garden’s ecosystem. For a minute I wondered:
How could something giving life, be also responsible for taking the life of the very same thing it needs to survive when it grows?
As I looked down at the caterpillars yesterday, nestled at the bottom of the now leafless stem, half-worried that the plant may never recover without its leaves, I couldn’t help but wonder if human beings were like caterpillars and butterflies. We probably play in the same dynamic destroying and building things. We burn fossil, destroy the ecosystem but build cars to help our fellow human’s have an easy life.
I guess, I can’t blame the caterpillar for trying to survive, but my lesson was simple:
Do something everyday to make the world better.
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