Missing Legs

Missing Legs 2nd June 2023 Beena


Hello everyone😊😊😊. I had many comments for the Butterfly painting that a story has formed in my head🤔🤔. Stephen noted that my butterfly had four legs and asked me about the missing ones. Vimla noted the gossamer nature of the wings😊😊. Ah, ha, I thought, even though I made a mistake on one but I got the gossamer part of the wings💃🏽💃🏽.


Let’s begin with the missing legs. I thought about the butterfly, which has different aspects to its life. Lay Huang sent me a post about the life of the butterfly. Yes, my painting captured the very end of the butterfly’s life. From the pupa stage to becoming a beautiful butterfly that everyone loves to see. Teresa disliked the larvae stage because they ate up her leaves😰😰.


In life, we go through all these various stages. There are times when we are rather annoying, there are times we peak, and there are times we fall. That’s life😑😑😑. We can’t be in peak form all the time. A good friend once told me, “Acceptance is the way to live a life”. Our constant struggle to be in a peak form gives us untold anguish🥹🥹. My butterfly is resting as it lost two legs from an injury. I realised that when we are injured physically or mentally, we need to take a break🙏🙏🙏. Let me know your thoughts. Thanks to everyone for helping me with this story.

8 thoughts on “Missing Legs

  1. I love the narrative of rest and restoration…yes, we’ll take a page from that Book of Life!

  2. Such a beautiful story that really resonates with the good and bad times when we laugh and struggle without seeing that it’s all part and parcel of life that makes us stronger. Thanks for the reminder. By the way your butterfly is truly a beauty to adore.

    1. Hi Vasanthi
      Glad you liked the story. But comments from Steven helped me to write my thoughts:)


  3. Very nice story ! I totally agree with “this constant struggle to be in a peak form gives us untold anguish”. For me it is quite linked to culture and the American transmit very much this «winner» value through their movies and other cultural products. In france a looser can be “magnificent”, it is also very ok to spend hours at complaining and it is actually a way to connect with others (that is why it ends up so often in the street with thousands of demontraters complaining together 😆).
    In Belgium, if you don’t make fun of yourself and accept to be ridiculous at least once a week you are not a real belgian… but this tend to change. I hope that Europeans and Asians will keep as long as possible the parts of their culture that allow them to be « loosers » from time to time.

    1. Hi Marilys

      Thanks for your French perspective. The freedom that many parts of the world had is slowly waning. Lets hope the French will still continue advocating freedom of expression. I liked that “loosers” should be kept as part of the culture. I am not sure if that is part of Asian culture when the emphasis is always on winning rather than loosing. But I totally agree with you. In life, we win some and we lose sometimes. No one is a real winner or looser. It is all part of the life cycle. Please continue to read and comment, appreciate that very much.

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