Of all the inspirational quotes by buddhist monks,
and old Hollywood icons,
and pulitzer prize winners,
and the Oprahs,
and the Liz Gilberts,
And the modern day social-media gods we spend our days paying attention to,
My absolute favorite words of wisdom of all time are...
BART SIMPSON'S "Nobody Ever Suspects The Butterfly."
Yeah. For real.
Well, aside from the brilliant delivery of that line by Nancy Cartwright, (Seriously, just google this scene, it's hilarious as all Simpsons episodes are and this little gem is incredibly random), this silly little trickster-truth has more depth in it for me than most philosophical deep poetic lingo... because it reminds me to:
*NOT TAKE EVERYTHING SO SERIOUSLY.
*It's All Invented.
*If it's all invented....then PLAY and ENJOY YOURSELF while you're at it!
*We can all be butterflies if we leave our cocoon, and no harm will be done so let's all get on with it!
Um, I mean this theoretically, not literally...we are still following Stay At Home orders here in most places in the U.S...but there are other ways to let our guards down, and play, and spread our wings and go hang out smelling flowers or whatever it is that butterflies do!
*Oh, yeah, and my inner child loooooooves her some mischief, as long as nobody is hurt in the process, of course :)
So thank you Bart Simpson for that little snippet of wisdom. You are wise beyond your years.
In April 2020, while experiencing her first ever global pandemic, Tamar Pelzig pledged to write something every day, even if it's only a word, so she welcomed to the world a daily blog to keep her creative writing wheels rolling.
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