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I have a friend who loves butterflies but hates caterpillars. Butterflies are colourful and beautiful and a thing of joy while caterpillars eat the plants in your garden.

Attribution: Flickr - Lee Ruk

Obviously you have worked out the problem already. Without caterpillars there would be no butterflies as one is the first stage of the other.

: Attribution: Flickr - Sid Mosdell

In fact one of the things that upsets me about living in the suburbs is the lack of butterflies. If you live in a bushland suburb you will have many butterflies, but in a normal suburb there will be few.

The reason is that we attack the caterpillars to preserve our plants while mourning the loss of the butterflies.

Okay so this is a fairly obvious metaphor that I am working on, yet we do the same thing with nearly everything else. We have to accept the good and the bad together when it is appropriate.

For example, many people complain about airlines even though it is just a step on the way to a great destination. Many people hate the rain, but I'd love to see them live without water. Some people complain of the wait in a good restaurant, but appreciate good food.

Attribution: Flickr - Marvin Smith

So go out and find a few caterpillars in your garden, given them some extra leaves to chomp on. You will be reward with beautiful butterflies.

Find a few annoying things in your life and realise they are the first stage for something wonderful and beautiful.

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