When I turned over this weeks randomly selected card I felt the hairs on the back of my neck stand on end. The words #HebdenRising drifted into my mind as I perused this beautiful image and realised how perfect this card was in symbolising the strength and spirit which Hebden Bridge and other northern towns have shown in the face of the traumatic and devastating Boxing Day floods.
In this card a beautiful blue and green butterfly rises Phoenix like from a tangled heap of ‘wands’. This symbolises both literally and metaphorically a quiet, yet beautiful rise from struggle and adversity to freedom, hope and optimism. The butterfly leaves behind the destruction, debris and chaos of the recent past and rises victoriously to meet the future with an overwhelming sense of trust and positivity.
Like the butterfly, the entire town of Hebden Bridge has undergone a painful metamorphosis, which will ultimately make us stronger, both individually and collectively. We have risen up against what felt like overwhelming odds, taking things one step at a time…..onwards and upwards, looking steadily towards a brighter future instead of focusing on the difficulty of the past.
The beautiful blue colour of the butterfly symbolises communication which had been at the root of all that has been achieved so quickly. People have come together to offer help and support and proved that there is an indomitable spirit running deep within this community which will never be kept down.
After a dark, horrible time, people and places have been transformed. A rebirth has taken place, releasing a fresh new energy and direction. Things are changed forever and we have discovered a new strength and resolve which will pave the way for a brighter future.
Until next time,