The Story Of The Butterfly

The metamorphosis of the caterpillar’s journey into a butterfly has long been used to describe changes and transformation.

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 force its body through that little hole. Then it seemed to stop making any progress. It appeared as if it had got as far as it could, and it could go no further.

So the man decided to help the butterfly. He took a pair of scissors and snipped off the remaining bit of the cocoon.

The butterfly then emerged easily. But it had a swollen body and small, shrivelled wings.

The man continued to watch the butterfly because he expected that, at any moment, the wings would enlarge and expand to be able to support the body, which would contract in time.

Neither happened! In fact, the butterfly spent the rest of its life crawling around with a swollen body and shrivelled wings. It never was able to fly.

What the man, in his kindness and haste, did not understand was that the restricting cocoon and the struggle required for the butterfly to get through the tiny opening were Life’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 lives. Remember nature needs no help, just no interference. There are processes of life, things we all go through. The struggles are a part of our journey and are preparing us for what awaits. They are preparing us to fly.
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I love to think of the magical process of the caterpillar wrapping itself in a silky cocoon, taking itself through a complete transformation and emerging from a shiny chrysalis as a butterfly ready to spread its wings and fly into the world with a new perspective.

The very act of struggling against the cocoon walls pumped the blood and life into the butterfly’s wings. The greater the struggle, the stronger and more beautiful the wings would become. Without fighting that battle, the butterfly could never reach its potential.

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