the story of a butterfly…

A man found a cocoon of a butterfly. One day a small opening appeared. He sat and watched the butterfly for several

English: Charaxes brutus natalensis. Pictured ...

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.


4 thoughts on “the story of a butterfly…

  1. I cried when I read this…such simplistic clarity. As we wrestle with the ‘why’ in struggles we are undergoing, the ego clouds the path of reason and need, causing our ‘intentions’ to derail what the universe may be trying to teach, nurture, guide or help us to avoid. If we remain aligned with and connected to our source, the universe provides the ‘way’ in abundant richness. When we change the way we look at things, the things we look at change.

  2. Very true! The best lessons come from our failures and difficulties. Rarely does one flourish under easy circumstances. This is seen in the descendants of self made millionaires. The generations afterward never seems as sharp or hungry to succeed.

    A sword needs to be sharpened before it will cut and so the human needs to be sharpened by trials before truly reaching its potential.

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