A man found a cocoon of a butterfly. He sat and watched the butterflyfor several hours as it struggled to force its body through the little hole atthe end.
Eventually, the butterfly stopped making progress. It appeared as if ithad gotten as far as it could and it could go no farther. The man decided tohelp the butterfly, so he took a pair of scissors and snipped off the remainingbit of the cocoon. The butterfly then emerged easily, but it had a swollen bodyand small, shriveled wings.
The man continued to watch the butterfly because he expected that, atany 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 lifecrawling around with a swollen body and shriveled wings. It never was able tofly.
What the man in his kindness and haste did not understand was that therestricting cocoon and the struggle required for the butterfly to get throughthe tiny opening were nature's way of forcing fluid from the body of thebutterfly into its wings so that it would be ready for flight once it achievedits freedom from the cocoon.
Sometimes struggles are exactly what we need in our life. If natureallowed 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...