Thought provoking tale

One day, a man walking down a path saw a butterfly
cocoon that was about to open. As he watched, a
small opening appeared in the cocoon; the man sat
and watched for the butterfly for several hours as
it struggled to force its body through that little


Then, it seemed to stop making any progress. It
appeared it had gotten as far as it could and it
could get no further.

So the man decided to help the butterfly, he took
a pair of scissors and opened the cocoon. The
butterfly then emerged easily.

But it had a withered body, it was tiny and its
wings were shriveled.

The man continued to watch because he expected
that, at any moment, the wings would open, enlarge
and expand, to be able to support the butterfly’s

Neither happened. In fact, the butterfly spent the
rest of its life crawling around with a withered
body and shriveled wings. It never was able to take

What the man in his kindness and his 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 achieved its freedom from the cocoon.

Sometimes, struggles are exactly what we need in
our 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 a 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 favors… and I was given opportunties.

I received nothing I wanted… but received
everything I needed.

Live life without fear, confront all obstacles
and know that you can overcome them.

A friend shared this and we thank him. We couldn’t
find the author’s name to add, but they tell a
great tale.
Comments are always welcome.


4 Responses to Thought provoking tale

  1. ekurie says:

    beautiful story. when I first heard it the butterfly died. this way is much worse.

  2. cruisin2 says:

    it does give it a harder edge. We’ve seen different versions but this
    one made us think. Glad you liked it.

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  4. cruisin2 says:

    A Smooth One,
    thanks for spreading the word.

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