Of course it is nice when life hands us things on a plate, preferably with a spoon and fork, maybe followed by dessert. But how would that make us stronger? Unless we experience the value of struggling, how can we realize our true potential?
A kind man once came across the cocoon of a butterfly in his garden. He’d watch it from time to time. One day, he was delighted to see a tiny opening in the cocoon. As he watched, he saw the caterpillar struggle to force its body through the little hole. Then it stopped.
It seemed as if it had given up after trying hard and couldn’t go any further. The man, feeling sorry for the soon-to-be butterfly, decided to help it. He took a pair of scissors and carefully snipped off the cocoon, to allow the butterfly to emerge, easily.
However, the butterfly’s body was swollen and its wings were small and shriveled. Feeling pleased with himself, the man watched the butterfly, expecting it to spread its wings at any moment and flit around.
Sadly, nothing happened.
What happened was this: for the rest of its life, the butterfly crawled around uncomfortably and painfully with its swollen body and shriveled wings that never developed.
It could never fly!
The kind man, in his hurry to help had no idea that the tight cocoon and the struggle were nature’s way to force the fluid out of the caterpillar’s body, so that the butterfly emerged beautiful, with wings to support itself and ready for flight.
Sometimes, we need to embrace our struggles and obstacles in life to become stronger.
Without them, we might end up being crippled—emotionally, physically, mentally.
And then we would never fly.
We need to go through tough situations to learn how strong we truly are.
What do you think?
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