MONARCH BUTTERFLY WITH A MESSAGE
Have you ever lost a loved one , friend or family member that was really close to you and somehow feel as though they visit and leave signs so that you know they are there? Until today, I might have been in the camp that said that I could not recall anything that suggested I had experienced that. That changed with the monarch butterfly with a message.
Months ago in 2014, I called a client several times over a period of 3-5 days. It concerned me because it was so unlike this client to go silent on me even when our business relationship was tested. Trust me when I tell you that marketing is a service with variable results and not all results are happy. This particular client was all the way across country in Utah. I had worked with him for about 4 years. He was always respectful and enthusiastic when I called and he was fair. He told me when things were not good and it always motivated me to try harder to deliver him better results. I always looked forward to talking with him and he would joke when things were good and he would playfully poke me verbally when things needed to get better. I loved that about him and I miss talking with him. I felt very close to him despite never meeting the man in person and shaking his hand. Truth be told he felt like a friend that I had not seen in some time and someone worthy of a big old bear hug. I loved this dude as far fetched as it seems, but we built a great business relationship built on mutual respect and it felt as though he was among my best of friends.
As I walked into a market this morning, Kyle somehow crossed my mind and I have no idea why. Kyle and I worked with another guy Rick and I was having trouble with an accounting issue with Rick and his company. Since Kyle knew him, I made a phone call to him and inquired about Rick and whether or not Rick was someone that would take care of us because he stopped returning calls on invoices past due. As the tragic story goes, Kyle was on the phone with Rick on my behalf. I didn’t ask him to but he wanted to help. As I was told his girlfriend had an affinity for alcohol and while talking to Rick, he indicated that he had to stop her from getting into another bottle of whatever. He left the conversation with Rick to intervene and as the story goes he fell and hit his head severely and bled out. I wondered if I had not talked to Kyle about Rick if this whole thing would have happened. Suffice it to say, I even carried a tremendous amount of guilt over his death. I felt horrible but it is not up to me to decide why that had to go that way. My honest answer is that I don’t know and can tell you that it hurt me deeply.
Today I walked out of the market with coffee in hand and Kyle on my mind. I missed my favorite client and friend. I noticed a monarch butterfly cruising by the doors and as I walked out the door I noticed it was stalling to land on a bush lining the front of the store. I stopped on a dime to give this creature its space. It thought better of landing and flew away but circled back and again I stood there out of its way and respectful. Once again, it thought better of landing there flew over my head and to the left and circle back nearly landing on my head. It stayed in the area for a few minutes before flying away for good. As the butterfly tried to land on me and with Kyle on my mind, tears gushed from my right eye only. I have never experienced anything like that but I felt like Kyle knew that I was thinking of him and that he knew of the guilt I carried related to his passing. Kyle had a great sense of humor and he loved people. He treated me like a friend he had known and loved for years and we had never even met. I have no idea why the thought of Kyle entered my mind this morning but I do know a message was sent through that Monarch Butterfly. He knew of the burden and guilt that I carried and through that butterfly he carried it away. In that experience I am reminded of his love of me and I am grateful for his sending a message that it was okay and to let it go in a confirmation from beyond. Thank you Kyle for lifting that burden. I love ya man. Losing you the way things went down was really tough on me and somehow your spirit rode the wings of a butterfly to make things right. What an amazing day and I thank you for keeping your spirit alive and in my presence to let me know things were okay. You probably momentarily traded in your angel wings for butterfly wings to offer a confirmation from beyond that it was all good and I needed to get that message! I am eternally grateful man, and I will see you on the other side.