The Cocoon and the Butterfly  

rm_Simplysexy65 51F
870 posts
7/8/2006 3:48 pm

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7/8/2006 8:04 pm

The Cocoon and the Butterfly

I thought this story was very inspirational. Helps one make sense of why we go through struggles.
This is one of my favorites.....ENJOY!

The Cocoon & the Butterfly

A man found a cocoon of a butterfly, that he brought home. One day a small opening appeared in the cocoon. He sat and watched the cocoon for several hours as the butterfly struggled to force its body through that little hole. Then it seemed to stop making progress. It appeared as if the butterfly had gotten as far as it could, and it could go no further. The man decided to help the butterfly in it's struggle. He took a pair of scissors and snipped off the remaining bit of the cocoon...and the butterfly emerged easily.

As the butterfly emerged, the man was surprised. It had a swollen body and small, shriveled wings. He continued to watch the butterfly expecting that, at any moment, the wings would dry out, enlarge and expand to support the swollen body. He knew that in time the body which would contract and the butterfly would be able to fly.

But neither happened!

In fact, the butterfly spent the rest of its life crawling around with a swollen body and shriveled wings. It was never able to fly. What the man, in his kindness and haste, did not understand was that the restricting cocoon and the struggle were required for the butterfly to be able to fly. The butterfly must push it's way through the tiny opening to force the fluid from its body and wings. Only by struggling through the opening, can the butterfly's wings be ready for flight once it emerges from the cocoon.

Sometimes struggles are exactly what we need in our life. If God allowed us to go through our life without any obstacles, it would cripple us. We would not be as strong as what we could have been.

And we could never fly.

reverend21 50M
1913 posts
7/8/2006 4:08 pm

I love this post, thank you

snakee2 53M

7/8/2006 4:26 pm

So true it is. It is life's struggles that make us all what we are, and better are we after the triumph of overcoming turmoil. Let us not soon forget that regardless how long and arduos the journey through the tunnel, there soon shall be a light. Of course we need hope that light is not an oncoming train.

rm_passion7523 52M
2931 posts
7/8/2006 4:53 pm

pain though we may not know it...
brings with it, its own sweet glory

im always inpired by your posts. peace and harmony Passion

GoddessOfTheDawn 106F
11240 posts
7/9/2006 10:27 am

read this one several times, and it still is so powerful ....


somethingelse40 76M
14676 posts
7/9/2006 11:00 am

I'm too busy to have time for anything important. Perhaps it's the fear of flying?

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