David Navarro López

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Catching Butterflies

Catching Butterflies

82ae2e0a.jpgDid you ever try to catch a butterfly? Difficult, sometimes frustrating, isn’t it?

Could it be compared to finding your dreamed job or the perfect partner for your life?

What if you are trying to give your business a disruptive turn, or to enter and be successful in a market you are willing to?

How can it be that this brilliant idea which could provide your desired objectives, seem to be unreachable, even if sometimes you have the feeling it’s at the tip of your fingers?

Or even more frustrating, which is this big error you are doing without noticing, when trying to get audience with your posts, no matter how hard  you try?

Sometimes you have the feeling like being fishes in a fish bowl, which are not able to notice the water they are on.

Sorry, I did not find a cure-all (yet), but here are some hints might help

Make sure you are catching THE butterfly.

The desire to catch a butterfly can cause delusion. 

Not every flying insect is a butterfly, and even if it is, could not be the one you are looking for.

Make sure you WANT to catch a butterfly.

Some objectives we set in our lives are just an unconscious response to an unwanted current situation, or to improve something you cannot do otherwise than letting it aside and starting from scratch. 

You will need to make a deep and honest self-exam to find this out.

A simple question could throw light to it: What if I catch it? Will accomplish my expectations?

If you are sure about the above two points, you are almost there.

Next step:

Stop catching butterflies.


Rather, make a nice garden to attracting them.

Whenever trying to find the dreamed job, finding a partner, 

succeeding in business or socially, 

you are putting yourself in the “Catching Mode”, 

so no butterfly will come close to you. 

No way.

In the other hand, you have tried already, and you didn’t get it, isn’t it?

So better change your strategy, and enhance your “garden”, yourself, your environment, the things you do, how you do them, get rid of the “garbage”, act as if you were used to be surrounded by butterflies, 

and they will come pleasantly and willingly to pose in your nose.

In other words, make of yourself someone to whom you would be pleased to be with, and you will attract the object of your desire as a result of simple (but powerful) affinity side effect.

Additionally, you will be able to focus on the butterfly and not on the catch, and will be able to recognise clearly the right one and the right moment.


David Navarro López

vor 7 Jahren #20

Thank you for your kind words, Anandhi. We use to atract things/people similar to us. If we change ourselves for the good, we will atract good things and people, and automatically, evil will rush from us

David Navarro López

vor 7 Jahren #19

yes Sushmita, the very moment you force a situation, you are transforming the things to your will, when sometimes is much more enriching accepting and learning

David Navarro López

vor 7 Jahren #18

I believe that's what is all about. Keeping growing and enhancing ourselves. In this, i admit I am completely in agreement, with Ali Anani, as nature tells us what is the way to go. Let die what is rotten, and keep on growing, giving birth to new life, new thoughts, new talents. Nature never stops to renew itself. We should learn from it.

Lisa Gallagher

vor 7 Jahren #17

David Navarro L\u00f3pez, what a great post. I loved your analogy with the use of butterflies. It made me think of the caterpillar and metamorphosis. We are all capable if we have the desire to keep maturing/growing.

David Navarro López

vor 7 Jahren #16

Dear Sara, I am hallucinated how we can be so deeply connected. with your words "why strive to take a dynamic idea or goal and trap it, limiting it or potentially destroy it?" you are describing exactly what I failed to say. If one is at "Catching mode" automatically is influencing the possible results, instead of waiting and accepting the "butterfly " with all its own unexpected and enriching nuances and details. In both cases, professionally and personally, I've just "arranged my garden" , and "the butterflies" I got in return are much better than I expected or even imagined.

Ali Anani

vor 7 Jahren #15

"In reality, why would we want to capture a butterfly, trap it into a net and then either pin it to a board or let it go but with the potential of injury? There is a parallel here in terms of our goals; why strive to take a dynamic idea or goal and trap it, limiting it or potentially destroy it"? Genius quote from your comment Sara Jacobovici. Don't you think this is also a great idea for a buzz by you? With all honesty I would be very surprised if you wouldn't. I love your beautiful mind.

Sara Jacobovici

vor 7 Jahren #14

Part 2/2 I appreciate your discussion David Navarro L\u00f3pez's addition of being "in a state of anticipatory catching mode". These are states worthy of expansion. If I am to make a connection between your Buzz and the concept of movement discussed in the Buzz of Ali Anani, I would use your example David when you suggest instead of "chasing" or moving after the butterfly, "...better change your strategy, and enhance your “garden”, yourself, your environment, the things you do, how you do them..." In other words, stay where you are and let the butterfly move towards you. Nice insight into the concept of how we can choose what would be our best move.

Sara Jacobovici

vor 7 Jahren #13

Part 1/2 Thank you Ali Anani's comment to my attention. David Navarro L\u00f3pez, you have written a very thoughtful and thought provoking Buzz using an interesting metaphor or analogy for the idea of going after our goal, business or personal. I find it interesting that you pair "finding your dreamed job" with "the perfect partner for your life", but then again, as Dr. Ali says, "That is a whole new buzz..." I am into a "what words mean to me" period David, so bare with me because it is not meant as a critique of your work, just my subjective reflections. It is fascinating to me how chasing after butterflies, foxes, or large animals has always been a "sport". Just the fact that some animals are referred to as "game" is interesting. Often we have seen this kind of sport as the past time of royalty or the rich. There are many scenes in films showing children or women, or couples (romantically) chasing beautiful butterflies through the fields. In reality, why would we want to capture a butterfly, trap it into a net and then either pin it to a board or let it go but with the potential of injury? There is a parallel here in terms of our goals; why strive to take a dynamic idea or goal and trap it, limiting it or potentially destroy it?

Ali Anani

vor 7 Jahren #12

Again, catching mode does not work. the process starts from inside to outside thank you David Navarro L\u00f3pez to read this buzz because it relates to her buzz on change.

David Navarro López

vor 7 Jahren #11

Precisely, dear Deb, and apart from the professional experiences, I went through the same process in my personal life. I divorced after 11 years of marriage. After that, I tried to "refurbish" more times I am going to confess. No one was fitting, or I was not fitting, so I said to myself, well, no use, I give up looking for someone, and will take care of myself. Started to do "the right thing", take care of my garden, and ...surprise! I found HER, precisely when I already have shut the door. All this time, I used to need someone, then meet someone, then know someone, then fall in love with someone. I inverted the process unknowingly, and started to know myself, then I met someone, I got to know someone, then fall in love with someone, then need someone. Again, catching mode does not work. the process starts from inside to outside.

David Navarro López

vor 7 Jahren #10

If you try to catch a butterfly, the most probable thing is that it will die. If a "butterfly" is meant for you, you will not need to catch it. It will pose in your nose, then you better get yourself ready, take care of your "garden" and have your eyes open.

David Navarro López

vor 7 Jahren #9

Dear Friend Ali, your comments are always most welcome, and hope you recover soon. As I learned from you, I never make an assumption if I have no references. In this post, you will notice I did not refer any source, as I always do. Simply because I am speaking of my own. I have re-written this comment already 3 times. On the discarded ones I was explaining in detail what a hell of a life I had the last 7 years, and how did I get through of it. This time, this buzz, is no philosophy. I tried to "sweeten" the lesson life has given me with the analogy of butterflies, but the scars I got from this 7 years will never cure completely, no matter the amount of years I live.

David Navarro López

vor 7 Jahren #8

It has come the time for me to explain why I wrote this buzz. Two big events happened in my life which confirmed the need of abandoning the "Catch mode" and do something else. 1.-I lost my job, and spent 7 years of my life going from one sh**t job to another, many times doing things much closer to slavery than one can imagine. And worse. The peak of it was seeing myself begging for a job, obviously with no contract or rights at all, for a miserable salary as a swineherd. I was supposed to live there, together with 300 pigs, feed them, clean them, etc. With all my due respect for this profession, well, have a look at my CV and take your conclusions. Even for this job I got rejected. In the mean time, I lost my house, had to beg for money to eat or dress. Thanks to the compassion of a lady, I could live in an abandoned house during almost two years with no heating, furniture which I could get from the rubbish. I used to go to the farmers to work whole day and they paid me with food, so I had something. Fortunately, I have two hands and I learned a lot of things from my father, so I did anything it would available to do: paint, repair things, loading tracks, whatever. So if someone knows what is to be in the Catching mode to just survive, believe me, I have a master. And it simply does not work. 7 years going from bad to worse allows me to say I know what I am talking about.

Gert Scholtz

vor 7 Jahren #7

David Navarro L\u00f3pez A Butterfly is such a good metaphor for many things in life. Wonderfully creative post - thank you David.

Ali Anani

vor 7 Jahren #6

I am very hesitant to tag anybody; however I dare to tag Sara Jacobovici

Ali Anani

vor 7 Jahren #5

That is a whole new buzz Deb Helfrich

Ali Anani

vor 7 Jahren #4

Many discoveries such as X-ray were never intended. They come your way because you deserve to be rewarded. How many ideas struck the mind without planning them? But as Deb Helfrich wrote we need to be in the Catching Mode to catch them; else they evaporate.

David Navarro López

vor 7 Jahren #3

It happened to me most of my life. When I stopped looking for, I started to find.

David Navarro López

vor 7 Jahren #2

Thank you dear Ali. As real as life, we sometimes look for something, without even knowing what are we looking for.

Ali Anani

vor 7 Jahren #1

Nice one David Navarro L\u00f3pez- may be first one needs to catch the butterfly in his/her stomach. SOmetimes we might catch a honey bee or a wasp if we all what we know is we want a butterfly without knowing what a butterfly is. This is not a joke. I give you a real story. A student who was walking with his MSc supervisor passed by a crop of cotton. The student told his supervisor voluntarily" this plant cheats because it makes itself look like cotton". The supervisor replied angrily "but it is cotton". A nice buzz my friend.

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