I was sad to hear today that Jeopardy host Alex Tribek had died from Pancreatic Cancer. He resolved to work as long as possible, Even with chemo treatments and pain, he worked until two weeks ago. Unlike the butterfly in the pictures, he did not show his battle scars. He carried on until the end and never gave up. An example for all of us.
Battle scars showing
Butterfly never gives up
We miss you, Alex
I saw this beautiful creature on my butterfly bush a couple of years ago. It has much of it tails shredded and missing. It seemed unphased as it flitted from flower to flower drawing strength. Even with all its damage, its true colors still came through. These photos seemed to fit so well with the passing of Alex Trebek.
Our battle scars need not define us. As I looked out the window and saw this beautiful swallowtail on my flowers, I was surprised to see a chunk taken out of its wing. It may have eluded its predator by giving up a piece of itself to be able to live another day. In spite of its damaged wing it seemed to be feeding and functioning normally. It will lay eggs and pass on its life to the next generation. It’s scarred and injured wing did not define it’s destiny. It is going on to fulfill its role in the world that it was created to do.
If you live long enough
Life will give you battle scars
Some physical others psychological
Those who succeed in life
Learn to live beyond their battle scars
Some suffer all their life
From trauma of war or words or events
Battle scars are worn like a badge of courage
Reminding others there is life after death
The death of one’s confidence
The death of ones friend
Courage arises after the trauma of battle
An accident or calamity can occur in a moment
Separation and divorce leaves ragged edges
But you are still beautiful you are still loved
Family and friends help bind up your wounds
The good within still exists in spite of the scars