A man found a cocoon of a butterfly, and he brought it home.
One day, a small opening appeared in the cocoon.
The man sat and watched the cocoon for several
hours as the butterfly struggled to force its body through
that little hole. Then it seemed to stop making progress.
It appeared as if the butterfly had gotten as far as it
could, and it could go no farther.
The man decided to help the butterfly in its
struggle. He took a pair of scissors and snipped off the
remaining bit of the cocoon...
and the butterfly emerged easily.
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As the butterfly emerged, the man was surprised.
It had a swollen body and small, shriveled wings. He continued
to watch the butterfly expectating that, at any moment,
the wings would dry out, enlarge, and expand to support
the swollen body. He knew that in time the body would contract,
and the butterfly would be able to fly...
but neither happened!
In fact, the butterfly spend the rest of its life crawling
around with a swollen body and shriveled wings.
What the man, in his kindness and haste, did not understand
was that the restricting cocoon and the struggle were required
for the butterfly to be able to fly.
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The butterfly must push its way through the tiny opening
to force the fluid from its body and wings. Only by struggling
through the opening can the butterfly's wings be ready for
flight once it emerges from the cocoon.
Sometimes struggles are exactly what we need in our life.
If our Higher Power allowed us to go through life without
any obstacles, it would cripple us. We would not be as strong
as what we could have been... and we could never fly!
Spread your wings and prepare to fly,
For you have become a butterfly...
Fly abandonedly into the sun!
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