Green Cars, Yellow Butterflies and God

Green Cars, Yellow Butterflies and God

One of the first exercises of E Squared by Pam Stout is to notice green cars and yellow butterflies. This exercise is supposed to make you aware that you see what you look for. During the next 48 hours, I saw several green cars on the road from petite neon green Prius cabs to lumbering army green SUVs. Green is not a particularly popular car color, but yes, once you start looking for green cars, they jump out in front of you. Literally. Like the dark green one that ran a red light, narrowly missed T-boning another car as I watched safe inside my car stopped at the intersection. When I began the exercise of looking for yellow butterflies, I didn’t anticipate that it would be much of a stretch. I’m a nature girl at heart so I do notice yellow butterflies and green birds and pink clouds. But until I began this focused hunt for yellow butterflies, I didn’t acknowledge their presence. I now find myself greeting every capricious flutter of each yellow visitor. “Hello, yellow butterfly.” These flashes of yellow are everywhere—far more than there are green cars. Today I took my camera for my morning dog walk, and sure enough, there were plenty of yellow butterflies to acknowledge and greet. One flew over my head, one darted across the street half a block away. When I approached the area covered with lantana on the edge of Scottsdale Bible Church, I readied my camera. My dog Sam stood still while I patiently waited for a yellow butterfly to land. I’ve learned that they are dizzy dancers and don’t often stop long to take a blossom drink. Today...