Friday 14 August 2009

This is a timely and beautiful story that puts the struggle with life into perspective using nature as the subject. Hope you enjoy it..!


One day a small opening appeared in a cocoon.
A man sat and watched for the butterfly for several hours
as it struggled to free its body through that little hole.

Then it seemed to stop making progress.
It appeared as if it had gotten as far as it could
and it could not go any further.

So the man decided to help the butterfly.
He took a pair of scissors and opened the cocoon.
The butterfly then emerged easily.
It had a shrivelled body and small crumpled wings.

The man continued to wait;
because he expected that, at any moment, the wings would open, enlarge and expand to be able to support the butterfly’s body and become firm.

But nothing happened! In fact the butterfly spent the rest of its life creeping around with a shriveled body and crumpled wings. It was never able to fly!

What the man, in his kindness and goodwill, did not understand was that the restricting cocoon and the struggle required for the butterfly to get through the tiny opening were nature’s way of forcing fluid from the body of the butterfly into its wings, so that it would be ready for flight once it had achieved its freedom from the cocoon.

Sometimes struggles are exactly what we need in life.
If we were allowed to go through life without any obstacles, it would cripple us.
We would not be as strong as we could have been. Never able to fly.

I asked for Strength and I was given difficulties to make me strong.
I asked for Wisdom and I was given problems to solve.
I asked for Prosperity and I was given brain and brawn to work.
I asked for Courage and I was given obstacles to overcome.
I asked for Love and I was given troubled people to help.
I asked for Favours and I was given opportunities.

I received nothing I wanted.
I received everything I needed.

(Source unknown)


Anonymous said...

That's a great one Alasdar

David F

Alasdar Browne said...

Thanks for the comment. Feedback always welcome...Do we know each other? Hope to hear from you.