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Hope For The Flowers : Are you willing to give up being a caterpillar?

The book "Hope For The Flowers" stands as a timeless classic, penned and illustrated by Trina Paulus, with its initial publication dating back to 1972. Serving as a philosophical narrative, the book employs the metaphor of two caterpillars, Stripe and Yellow, to delve into profound themes such as purpose, self-discovery, and the quest for meaning in existence.



A book "Hope for the flowers'
Hope For the Flowers


Reflecting on my own encounter with the book, I recall flipping through its pages as a child, captivated by the vibrant illustrations. However, the deeper essence of the story eluded me at that tender age.




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Thank you, Sunshine!

Recently, I received the book unexpectedly as a gift, a gesture of appreciation from a friend in Korea who had read one of my blog articles on BTCMobick.

The heartfelt gesture underscored the interconnectedness and support within the BTCMobick global community.

I would like to say Thank You to Sunshine (her nickname) for the kind present.







Revisiting the book as an adult proved to be a transformative experience. The narrative unfolds with the tale of Stripe and Yellow, two caterpillars ensnared in the relentless pursuit of scaling a towering pillar. Believing that summiting the pillar would usher in happiness and fulfillment, they embark on their ascent, encountering fellow climbers along the way, each consumed by their own ambitions.


"There must be something more to life, something different, something better."

As the story unfolds, Stripe and Yellow confront the hollowness of their pursuit, prompting a soul-searching journey toward self-realization. Yellow, guided by the wisdom of Elder, embarks on a quest for enlightenment, while Stripe, driven by ambition, eventually faces the futility of his conquest upon reaching the pinnacle.




Their paths converge once more, leading them to the discovery of a tranquil field adorned with flowers, where they find solace and true contentment.


Through their metamorphosis into butterflies, they symbolize the liberation attained by embracing the beauty of life's journey.



The profound exchange between Yellow and Elder resonated deeply with me, encapsulating the universal yearning for fulfillment:


"How does one become a butterfly?" Yellow asked pensively.
"You must want to fly so much that you are willing to give up being a caterpillar."

This poignant dialogue mirrors the essence of spiritual growth and self-transcendence, akin to the meditation quest for truth and enlightenment.




In essence, "Hope For The Flowers" serves as a poignant reminder of the enduring pursuit of truth and meaning in life.


It beckons us to transcend the confines of our existence, shedding the limitations of our former selves to embrace the boundless possibilities that await.








May we all embark on this transformative journey, fueled by an unwavering desire for eternal happiness and the courage to relinquish our caterpillar selves.



Are you willing to give up being a caterpillar?













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