Leonardo da Vinci said that much of his creativity came from the fact that he looked for the hidden meaning behind every event in his life. I now look at everything that happens to me and ask myself, if this event were a metaphor in the poem of my life, what might it mean? What are the layers of richness and insight I might discover if I mine this synchronistic symbol? Tragedies, joys, triumphs, failures, frustrations, crises — I assume that behind every development, small and large, is something else, something meaningful, a hidden gift, that if received with grace and used with reverence, invites me a step higher on my journey.

Carol Lynn Pearson, Consider the Butterfly