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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.

The man had the nicest of intentions, trying to help the butterfly move along and “live” its life. But the butterfly was not ready. It still had to take its time in the cocoon.  It needed to get its fluid from the body into the wings so that it would be ready to fly just as all butterflies do. This shows us to be patient with others and ourselves. We all have struggles and obstacles that come our way, just like the butterfly in the cocoon. It is exactly these struggles and obstacles, and overcoming them that make us who we are. It builds us into a stronger person and a beautiful butterfly.