Thursday, September 15, 2011

It's In The Struggle Where We Find Our Strength

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 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 further.

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.

The man continued to watch the butterfly because he expected that, at any moment, the wings would enlarge and expand to be able to support the body, which would contract in time.

Neither happened! In fact, the butterfly spent the rest of its life crawling around with a swollen body and shriveled wings. It never was able to fly.

Moral of the story?

It is only by going through the struggle we find freedom from the pain that cripples us and discover that we can fly. 

I Believed 

Photo Credit

Source for the story of the butterfly here. 


Tara said...

Just what I need to read today... thank you for this beautiful and gentle reminder in the power of trust and timing.

Susan said...

I'm so glad this spoke to you Tara:) Thank you for your note:)