It’s Worth The Struggle
One day, a man found a cocoon. As he began to watch this cocoon, a small opening appeared. He sat and watched the butterfly for several hours as it struggled to force its body through the little hole. Then it seemed to stop making any progress. It appeared as if it had gotten as far as it could. He believed it could go no further.
So the man decided to help the butterfly. He took a pair of scissors and snipped off the remaining bits of the cocoon. The butterfly then emerged. 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. Surely, they would 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.
The man, in his kindness and haste, did not understand that both the restricting cocoon and the struggle were required. This was nature’s way of forcing fluid from the body of the butterfly into its wings to prepare it for flight. Through struggle, it would achieve its own freedom from the cocoon.
Sometimes, the struggle is exactly what we need in life. Easy lives without any obstacles would leave us crippled. We would not be as strong as we could have been.
Be thankful for your struggles and embrace them. It is because of them that you have developed into a conqueror. Instead spending your life crawling, you are able to FLY!!!
Written by Joshua C. Chiles for Vitamin C Magazine 2012. All rights reserved.