The Story of the Butterfly

February 6, 2008 — Leave a comment
Have you ever had one of those weeks where “when it rains it pours“?  Well…. last week I had a little taste of that.  The day it snowed (because I had previously run over our water meter) my father in law and I had to dig a ditch to repair the line.  This followed up the very next day by our sewer line getting blocked up.  Then on Sunday I ate some wings that didn’t sit well and they left me sick as a dog the rest of the day.  I have to admit I got pretty frustrated with life.
But then came yesterday….. it was flat-out beautiful near the 70’s – sun shining.  I came across the story of the butterfly.  It reminded me that we need obstacles to grow and we need life to happen to us so we learn and grow.
The Story of the Butterfly 
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 squeeze its body through the tiny hole.
Then it stopped, as if it couldn’t go further.
So the man decided to help the butterfly.
He took a pair of scissors and
snipped off the remaining bits of cocoon.
The butterfly emerged easily but
it had a swollen body and shriveled wings.
The man continued to watch it,
expecting that any minute the wings would enlarge
and expand enough to support the body,
Neither happened!
In fact the butterfly spent the rest of its life
crawling around.
It was never able to fly.
What the man in his kindness
and haste did not understand:
The restricting cocoon and the struggle
required by the butterfly to get through the opening
was a way of forcing the fluid from the body
into the wings so that it would be ready
for flight once that was achieved.
Sometimes struggles are exactly
what we need in our lives.
Going through life with no obstacles would cripple us.
We will not be as strong as we could have been
and we would never fly.
“Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to end, It’s about learning to dance in the rain.”  

So if something has happened already early on this week and you feel like raising your voice or taking your frustration out on someone else – try to take a minute, sit back and view the bigger picture of life, and dance.


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