Butterfly - the story...


A man found a cocoon of a butterfly.

One day a small opening appeared.

He sat and watched the butterfly for several hours as it struggled to squeeze its body

through the tiny hole.

Then it stopped, as if it couldn’t go any further.


So the man decided to help the butterfly.

He took a pair of scissors and snipped off the remaining bits of cocoon.

The butterfly emerged easily but it had a swollen body and shriveled wings.


The man continued to watch it, expecting that at any minute the wings would enlarge and

expand enough to support the body.  Neither happened!

In fact, the butterfly spent the rest of its life crawling around.

It was never able to fly.


What the man in his kindness and haste did not understand:

The restricting cocoon and the struggle required of the butterfly to get through the opening

was a way of forcing fluid from the body into the wings so that it would be ready for

flight once that was achieved.


Sometimes struggles are exactly what we need in our lives.

Going through life with no obstacles would cripple us.

We will not be as strong as we could have been and we would never fly.