The story of the butterfly

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 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 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 by the butterfly to get through the opening was a way of forcing the 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.



3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. pou
    May 17, 2009 @ 00:20:05

    In other words, if you see someone struggle in life, make sure you don’t help them.


  2. L1
    Sep 04, 2009 @ 22:20:25

    Sometimes we need to face our own challenges on our own otherwise we’d never be independent and would never learn.. So yes, give your support, and help in that way where necessary – but there’s a line somewhere between being supportive and helpful, and overstepping your mark and helping where its really not your responsibility to help, and where being helpful may not be the best of the individual concerned.I think the main message of this story was meant to portray struggle in a positive light though! 🙂


  3. Dreamwalker
    Sep 05, 2009 @ 06:41:44

    This is so true, each of our struggles strengthens us, each helping us grow and become stronger for the experience.. A beautiful sad story L1.. take care and have a good weekend Dreamwalker


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