Jan 28, 2005

Struggle a little before flying

Lessons from a Butterfly

A man found a cocoon of a butterfly

One day a small opening appeared

He sat and watched the butterfly for several hours

It struggled to force its body through that little hole

Then it seemed to stop making any progress

It appeared as if it had gotten as far as it could

And it could go no farther.

So the man decided to help the butterfly

He took a pair of scissors and snipped off

The remaining bit of the cocoon.

The butterfly then emerged easily, BUT,

It had a swollen body and small, shriveled wings

He continued to watch the butterfly

He expected that, at any moment, the wings would enlarge

And the body would contract

Neither happened!In fact, the butterfly spent the rest of its life crawling

Around with a swollen body and shriveled wings.

It was never able to fly.

The man acted with well-intentioned kindness

But he didn't understand the consequences.

The restricting cocoon and the struggle required to get

Through the tiny opening, were nature's way of forcing fluid

From the body of the butterfly once it achieved,

It's freedom from the cocoon.

Sometimes struggles are exactly what we need in our life.

If nature allowed us to go through life without any

Obstacles, it would cripple us.

We would not be as strong as we could have been

And we could never fly

Have a great day, great life, and struggle a little.

Then fly!

- Author Unknown -


  1. Sounds great... I liked it reply to my posts and I'll keep tabs on yours... thanks for the words

  2. Hi.

    Thanks for your kind comments. Cheers.