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The Butterfly

One day a man found a cocoon of a butterfly. When a smallopening appeared, he sat and watched the butterfly for several hours asit struggled to force its body through the tiny hole.

Then it seemed to stop making any progress. It had gotten as far as itcould and could go no farther.

So the man decided to help the butterfly. He took a pair of scissors andsnipped off the remaining bit of the cocoon. The butterfly now emergedeasily. But it had a swollen body and small, shriveled wings.

The man continued to watch the butterfly because he expected that, at anymoment, 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 crawlingaround with a swollen body and shriveled wings. It never was able to fly.

What the man, in his kindness and haste, did not understand was, that therestricting cocoon, and the struggle required for the butterfly to get throughthe tiny opening, were nature's way of forcing fluid from the body of thebutterfly into its wings, so that it would be ready for flight once it achievedfreedom from the cocoon.

Sometimes struggles are exactly what we need in our life. If we were allowedto go through our life without any obstacles, it would cripple us. We wouldnot be as strong as we could have been. And we would never be able to fly....

Submitted by Jamie Rustad Meagher

by Jamie Rustad Meagher