A Parable...The Acorn & The Butterfly.

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Lola Audu~Audu Real Estate~Grand Rapids, MI Real Estate

snowy wintery conditionsIn the contemplation of spring, a faint stir begins to whisper underneath the blanket of snow.  Unobserved, and unobtrusively, the acorn having shed it's hard shell like a pair of worn out pants prepares to begin it's slow upward ascent. Absolutely dead and lifeless - as long as it remained a seed, it remained powerless

Even a squirrel could have its way with the acorn then. It was rolled on, and rolled over, kicked and ignored and finally buried and left alone. 

But underneath the cool shroud of darkness, deep within the earth...life renewed again, imperceptible to the observing eye, the seed became a sapling rooting further downward, excavating the deep rich terrain of the soil to dig deep for the nutrients it will need to burst forth into the sun. 

And we exclaim as awareness dawns..."Wow, where did this come from?"  "We didn't know she had that in her."  Still the sapling knows as it emerges that the road ahead will remain tough.  It can anticipate that there will be storms, rain, and wind, lightning and thunder; trying circumstances which will test its patience to live and remain connected to the life force of the earth. 

 But it has made a choice and live it will.  The suns' caress providing the sustaining energy and inner wisdom to thrive and grow; it will survive. The spindly sapling will conquer the odds for this is what it was born to do...it was born to be an oak tree and the struggle only reveals what was inherent even in dormancy. 

There is no overnight success.  Success is hard fought & hard won.  Perhaps right now, you find yourself buried, counted down for the count, ignored and marginalized...take courage and find strength undercover, it is your protection.  When you emerge, expect opposition...it is designed to strengthen the fiber of your being. 

Look for your teachers, for like the sun, they will be called forth to sustain and encourage you with their wisdom.  Be prepared to be flexible; bend but never break.  To bend is to be humble, to break is to accept defeat.  And you will not be defeated...for the shell of the acorn, like the cocoon of the butterfly merely preserved the dream until it was ready to burst forth into flight!butterfly in flight


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Laurie Manny
Long Beach CA Real Estate - Long Beach, CA


This is beautifully written with a great message, success is hard fought and hard won, it does take courage to succeed.  I hope your messages touches the hearts of many today.


Featured by Laurie, because this is a very special post, I hope it touches your heart as well.


Mar 02, 2007 04:01 PM #1
Lola Audu
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Laurie,  Thank you.  As you discerned, this post has special meaning for me in many different ways.
Mar 02, 2007 04:27 PM #2
Derek and Mariana Wagner
Springs Top Agents- Keller Williams Premier Realty - Colorado Springs, CO
Springs Top Agents - Colorado Springs REALTORS®
Lola- beautiful. What a great message for anyone - but especially people like us in a hot/cold black/white up/down line of work. Thank you.
Mar 02, 2007 05:47 PM #3
Diane Bell, Hilton Head Real Estate, Bluffton
Charter 1 Real Estate, Hilton Head, Bluffton, SC - Hilton Head Island, SC


You've shared a beautiful and sensitive post with us.  You have exceptional talent for writing.  Hope you'll continue to share your insights with us. 

Mar 02, 2007 11:27 PM #4
Sharon Leigh
Sharon's Graphic Reality - Port Saint John, FL
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Laurie that parable is truly amazing and so inspirational! You have greatness inside you!
Mar 03, 2007 12:51 AM #5
Ed Vogt
Midwest Properties of Michigan - Grandville, MI
Grandville, MI Midwest Properties
What a beautiful and encouraging post - very timely for me, too.  Thank You!
Mar 03, 2007 04:49 AM #6
Alexander Harb
Knights Investing - Mesquite, TX
Dallas, Texas Real Estate Investing


A very pretty and inspiring post......and one that Jesus would have taught if he were not born, raised and was preaching to middle easterners (mostly Jews at the time).....

I am wondering if you would contemplate coming to "Christianity and Real Estate" to join us and read, plus post inspiring messages like the one you have right here....

I hope you join us....and add to our little "family"...in the Rain..

\O/\O/ =-D

Mar 03, 2007 05:35 AM #7
Lola Audu
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A Thank You to all of you who have made comments and many more who are reading and receiving the message.  I hope that the truths in this simple story continue to encourage and bless your lives.
Mar 03, 2007 12:04 PM #8
Karen Hurst
Rhode Island Waterfront!
Very inspiring Lola. We all have our "moments" during our lifetimes when we feel as if we are not getting where we want to be, or doing what we were meant to do. At the risk of repetition, you write very eloquently! Hopefully, this has inspired some to "not break", but rather bend. I know it has (inspired) me:)
Mar 04, 2007 07:52 AM #9
Sue Argue
Staged First Impressions - Hampton, NH
NH Home Stager

Lola, you're so inspiring!!  Thank you. 


Mar 05, 2007 04:07 AM #10
Cyndy Sujarit

Wow Lola!  Great message - I found this to be very moving.  In fact, I have printed it and posted it up in my office to keep me going during my daily challenges.  Thanks!


Mar 07, 2007 08:27 AM #11
Heather Armstrong
Skogman Realty - Cedar Rapids, IA
Thank you Lola!  A message I needed to hear right now! 
Mar 16, 2007 05:47 AM #12
Lola Audu
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Cyndy & Heather, Thank you for stopping by. I am so thankful that this message continues to impact & encourage people.
Mar 16, 2007 07:30 AM #13


What an inspirational post. Thank you for a bright spot in my day.

Mar 16, 2007 08:11 AM #14
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