Artist and poet Morgan Harper Nichols interviews storytellers on finding meaning and peace in life and work. HTTP://morganharpernichols.com/podcast
All That It Took To Be Here (Lessons from Waterfalls)
A lot of things had to happen for us to be able to arrive at this particular moment. Today, we're looking at waterfalls to remind us of this truth.
Sources: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Waterfall (Waterfall (Wikipedia),) https://g.co/kgs/u8FmEc (Oxford Languages Dictionary)
Lessons from Monarch Butterfly Migration
Every year, monarch butterflies migrate from as far north as Canada to as far south as Mexico to escape the cold winters. And in the spring, they head back north.*
However, what makes this migration unique isn’t just the migration itself but how many generations of monarch butterflies it takes to get there. Because the lifespan of the monarch butterfly is only a few weeks, it actually takes multiple generations to finally make it back to the north.**
The monarch butterfly migration looks different than the migration of other insects and is a mystery to many. Some of these journeys end up being as long as 3,000 miles.***
And yet, every year, monarch butterflies return south to the same place where their great-great-grandparents were the year before.
The monarch butterfly migration is fascinating for many reasons, and one thing that captivates my attention the most is this concept of how many generations it takes for this migration to happen.
I think about the journeys I’ve taken in my own life and how I look forward to arriving at the destination. The idea of traveling all of these miles, through multiple landscapes, terrains, and weather conditions should result in finally arriving at a destination…right?
The monarch butterflies see it differently.
The monarch butterfly migration is a reminder of what it means to pave the way. To carry on on a journey that you might not actually live to see the end of.
I think of the monarch butterflies in the middle of the migration. The ones who maybe never lived to see either Mexico or Canada, and yet, they are still a part of this path that many other butterflies have taken. They are still a part of the journey, even if only for a few weeks.
A poem, to the one in the middle:
Oh how beautifully
your presence matters here
(even without knowing
what your impact will be
through the years).
You are a part
of the long
you have always
been a part
we move forth.
What greater journey are we willing to be a part of, even if it’s only for a limited time? Even if it's someone else who lives to see the finish line?
Learn even more about Monarch Butterfly Migration (Sources for this video)
*https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lWOySU_hAz0 (Watch a Breathtaking Monarch Butterfly Swarm - Nature on PBS (YouTube))
**https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fBakLuH6kDY (Unraveling the Monarch Butterfly Migration Mystery - It's Okay To Be Smart (YouTube))
***https://www.nationalgeographic.com/animals/invertebrates/facts/monarch-butterfly?loggedin=true (Monarch Butterfly - NationalGeographic.com)
When daily life feels uninteresting
Question of the day: Does the idea of life as a cycle give you a sense of comfort? Why or why not?
You don't have to hide anymore
Note to self: you don't have to hide anymore.
For the one seeking patience
The Art of Letting Go
Sometimes letting go will be
the hardest thing
you’ll ever do
but you will find
that it loosens up something within you
so you can keep traveling
the way you were meant to.
Bringing Light In
Each episode offers a brief pep talk presented in a lovely voice to listen to with a bonus thought at the end to focus ponder throughout the day.
Best podcast EVER
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Thank you Morgan, you are so inspiring.
-a 22 year old navigating life
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