A Butterfly’s Lesson


(The picture of the emergence of butterfly from cocoon is from Pics4learning.)

The text (author unknown) is from my friend’s e-mail. It is very inspiring and I think you will enjoy it.

”One day, a small opening appeared in a cocoon;  a man sat and watched  for the butterfly  for several hours  as it struggled to force its body through  that little hole.

Then, it seems to stop making  any progress. It appeared as if it  had gotten as far as it could and it could not go any further.So the man decided to help the butterfly: he took  a pair of scissors and opened the cocoon.

The butterfly then emerged easily. But  it had a withered body, it was tiny and shriveled wings.The man continued to watch because he expected that, at any moment, the wings would open, enlarge and expand, to be able to support the butterfly’s body, and become firm.

Neither happened!  In fact, the butterfly spent the rest of its life crawling around with a withered body and shriveled  wings. It never was able to fly. What  the man, in his kindness and his goodwill  did not understand  was that the restricting cocoon
and the struggle required  for the butterfly to get through the tiny opening, were nature’s way of forcing fluid from the body of the butterfly into its wings, so that it would be ready for flight once it achieved its freedom from the cocoon.

Sometimes, struggles are exactly what we need in our life. If we were allowed to go through our life without any obstacles, it would cripple us. We would not be as strong  as we could have  been. Never been able to fly.

I asked for Strength…
and I was given difficulties to make me strong.

I  asked for Wisdom…
and  I was given problems to solve.

I asked for prosperity…
and I was given a brain and brawn to work.

I asked for Courage…..
and I was given obstacles to overcome.

I asked for Love…
and I was given troubled people to help.

I asked for Favors…
And  I was given Opportunities.
“I received nothing I wanted…

But I received EVERYTHING  I needed.”

Live  life without fear, confront all obstacles
and know that you can overcome them.


The emergence of the butterfly:Ideopsis similis

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