• The Story of the Butterfly

    Posted on January 22, 2012 by Cynthia Gossman in Coping With Death, Coping With Grief.

    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.
    So have a nice day and struggle a little and teach well.

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