A woman shared this story with me when I asked about her dragonfly tattoo. I liked it so much, I'm passing it along. Enjoy.
Once, in a little pond, in the muddy water under the lily pads, there lived a little water beetle in a community of water beetles. They all lived a simple and comfortable life in the pond with few disturbances and interruptions.
Sometimes sadness would come to the community when one of their fellow beetles would climb the stem of a lily pad and never be seen again. They knew when this happened, that their friend was dead -- gone forever.
Then one day, that little water beetle felt an irresistible urge to climb up that stem. However, he was determined that he would not leave forever. He would come back and tell his friends what he'd found at the top.
When he reached the top and climbed out of the water onto the surface of the lily pad, he was so tired, and the sun felt so warm, that he decided he must take a nap. As he slept, his body changed. And when he woke up, he'd turned into a beautiful blue-tailed dragonfly with broad wings and a slender body designed for flying.
So, fly he did! As he soared, he saw the beauty of a whole new world and a far superior way of life to what he had never known existed.
He remembered his beetle friends and how they were thinking by now he was dead. He wanted to go back to tell them, and explain to them that he was now more alive than he had ever been before. His life had expanded rather than ended.
But his new body would not go down into the water. He could not get back to tell his friends the good news. Then he understood that their time would come, when they, too, would know what he now knew. So, he raised his wings and flew off into his joyous new life!
-- Author Unknown