Living life, Quotes, The Self

Happiness’ butterfly


Breathe in the crisp fresh message.

Let the words dance upon your heart.

Feel its vibrations.


Butterfly Sian TD



Happiness is like a butterfly: the more you chase it, the more it will elude you. But if you turn your attention to other things, it will come and sit softly on your shoulder.          

Richard Lessor




There are many interpretations to this quote. It spoke to me the very first time I came upon it, on a fridge magnet of all things :-), whilst on holidays years ago.  This fridge magnet now sits on my fridge door, reminding me of its different messages.

For today, it speaks of being true to myself, to live life as I envision it to be, to not compromise my values nor resign to the so-called vagaries of life.  It calls to me to embrace the life that is, to be in the moment and to savor these moments.

Be done with the years spent ‘doing’, of chasing the elusive butterfly. Live my life vibrantly, and let happiness find me,  let it sit softly on my shoulder for as long as it desires.

Happiness is not the destination nor the goal. There is nothing to ‘do’ or anything to ‘get’ in order to be happy.  Happiness is what happens of a life lived-well, with soulful intentions, mindful choices, and in spiritual connections to the world.  Happiness attends to you when you least anticipate it, and few of us realize this till it’s gone. But never fear, for the butterfly will surely return to sit softly on your shoulder as you attend to living. Be still.


– FlorenceT


Original artwork by SianTD (2015).

© 2015 Copyright reserved. The owner asserts her moral and legal rights over this work.


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