Why We Need Struggle To Develop Our Strengths

One day, a man came across the cocoon of a butterfly. He made a point of checking it each day he passed, until on day he noticed that a small opening had appeared. Intrigued and excited to witness this wonderful display of nature, he took a seat and watched the butterfly for several hours, as it struggled to force its body through that little hole. Eventually, the butterfly suddenly stopped making any progress, and looked like it was stuck.

The man sat, perplexed to what he was supposed to do. He was afraid that the remnants of the cocoon were suffocating the butterfly or that it had succumbed to exhaustion. In the end, 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 easily, however it had a swollen body and small, shriveled wings.

The man didn’t think anything of it and returned to his seat, waiting for the wings to enlarge to support the butterfly. But that didn’t happen. The butterfly spent the rest of its life unable to fly, crawling around with tiny wings and a swollen body.

Despite the kind heart and intentions of the man, he didn’t understand that the restricting cocoon and the struggle needed by the butterfly to get itself through the small opening were natures way of forcing fluid from the body of the butterfly into its wings to prepare itself for flying once it was out of the cocoon. By stopping this, the butterfly never developed the strength in it’s wings to give it flight.

Moral: Struggles in life develop our strengths. It’s important for us not to be afraid to tackle challenges on our own, and not always look for help from others.

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