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 lived a simple and comfortable life in the pond
with few disturbances and interruptions.

Once in a while, sadness would come to the community when one of
their fellow beetles would climb the stem of a lily pad and would never be
seen again.  They knew when this happened; their friend was dead, gone
forever.

Then, one day, one 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 had 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 had
turned into a beautiful
blue-tailed dragonfly with broad wings and a slender body designed for
flying.

So, fly he did!  And, 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.

Then 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 been
fulfilled 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!