Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Drum Roll Please...

After much deliberation, heartfelt thought, tons of support from family, and quite possibly some first trimester tears, I have finally, finally decided on a blog name I think suits our family and this blog best.

As for an explanation on the title... there were soooo many good ones and more great ones. I guess I'm more indecisive than I thought... oh well! I first heard about this buffaloes and butterflies deal at a seminar and then read part of a book titled Hidden Keys of a Loving, Lasting Marriage by Gary Smalley.

"... general differences and how they affect your relationship. The best example I can think of to illustrate these differences is to compare the butterfly with the buffalo. The butterfly has a keen sensitivity. It is sensitive even to the slightest breeze. It flutters above the ground where it can get a panoramic awareness of its surroundings. It notices the beauty of even the tiniest of flowers. Because of its sensitivity, it is constantly aware of all of the changes going on around it and is able to react to the slightest variation in its environment. Thus, the butterfly reacts with swiftness toward anything that might hurt it. (Try to catch one without a net sometime.) If a tiny pebble were taped to its wing, the butterfly would be severely injured and eventually die.

The buffalo is another story. It is rough and calloused. It doesn't react to a breeze. It's not even affected by a thirty-mile-an-hour wind. It just goes right on doing whatever it was doing. It's not aware of the smallest of flowers, nor does it appear to be sensitive to slight changes in its environment. Tape a pebble to the buffalo's back and he probably won't even feel it.

The buffalo isn't "rotten to the core" just because he goes around stepping on pretty flowers. In fact, the buffalo's toughness is a tremendous asset. His strength, when harnessed, can pull a plow what four grown men can't pull.

... The analogy ends in that the buffalo can never take on any of the butterfly's sensitivities, and the butterfly will never benefit from the buffalo's strengths."

As I live with my husband and 5 children, there are many, many different personalities going on here. I found the best way to describe in general these differences was the buffalo and the butterfly and wrap it up in this blog. I hope you enjoy!

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