Hope for the Flower is one of the books that has captured my interest. The first time I encountered it, the author seemed like a stranger. She was not in-line with the world or even with the New York’s bestselling authors. However, her book became a distinct triumph.
Hope for the Flower is written by Trina Paulus. It narrates about two caterpillars who desired to climb and to be at the top but got disheveled and entangled. Hence, they realized that the only way to see what is at the top of the pillar is to surrender to the cocoon.
This book has taught me a lot of things about life and how to deal with its mischievous hands. The personality of Stripe, the male caterpillar in the story, offers a lot of notions that deal with reality. From the very start when he began to exist in the world, and said, “There must be more to life than just eating and getting bigger. It’s getting dull.” He is right. His statement entails that every time I do a particular thing and allot my time and attention on the same thing for a long time without taking into considerations some other stuff, that certain thing, in the long run, will definitely bore me. I apprehend and realize that it is of vital importance to allot time and attention to the world around me. It is a magnificent world out there. Nevertheless, as I continue to seek for more, just like Stripe, it gives me a realization that humans never get satisfied on what they have. It is still fundamental to find what a person wants, to be with the person that he or she yearns to be, to be happy and to settle.
The caterpillar pillar in the book, personally, symbolizes and represents humans’ aspirations and goals. Everyone desires to get on the top and to know what is in there. However, the climbing of each caterpillar illustrates the attitude of a person who indeed possesses a great urge of getting what he or she really wants. The climbing delineates crab mentality because anyone who gets on top of him or her will definitely be pulled down and be stepped on until he or she falls.
Yellow’s, the female caterpillar, presence in the story creates the idea of relationship and friendship. Her character in the story and her involvement with Stripe encompass the idea of love and intimacy. Her decision to stop climbing at the pillar denotes the very idea in the first part of the story, “there’s more to life…” than just climbing in the pillar. Hence, she surrenders herself to the cocoon, which later on, changes her to become a butterfly. Her decision to see and to experience the other side of life, influences Stripe whom later on, subjects himself to the cocoon too.
Hope for the Flower is a real provocative book. It challenges me, all the readers and all “the caterpillars who know how to read,” to surpass every challenges that life offers. Life summons everyone to manage changes including the metamorphosis of one’s self—physically, emotionally, psychologically and socially. Every human being is akin to Stripe and Yellow. Everyone climbs at the caterpillar pillar and every caterpillar who does not climb yet desires to climb at the pillar and to see what is up there; unless, one decides to stop the climb and to take a different journey.
Trina Paulus has taught me on how to manage metamorphosis and alterations–that the old saying, “nothing is permanent in this world except change” does apply in this world. As long as human beings and universe exist, change exists. It goes hand in hand with Heraclitus’ belief that “people can never step twice on the same river.”
Paulus has also informed me on how to value camaraderie and relationship. She taught me to dedicate my time and attention with what is worth it and encouraged me to value and love every caterpillar that has become and will become a part of my life.
Hope for the Flower has indeed influenced me. Hence, some of my viewpoints in life have been altered. I then ask every caterpillar, who wishes to become a butterfly, to read Trina Paulus’ magnificent magnum opus and become his or her guide in the caterpillar world.