Monday, September 5, 2011

Story Time: The Butterfly

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 squeeze its body through the tiny hole.
Then it stopped, as if it couldn’t go further.
So the man decided to help the butterfly.
He took a pair of scissors and
snipped off the remaining bits of cocoon.
The butterfly emerged easily but
it had a swollen body and shriveled wings.
The man continued to watch it,
expecting that any minute the wings would enlarge
and expand enough to support the body,
Neither happened!
In fact the butterfly spent the rest of its life
crawling around.
It was never able to fly.
What the man in his kindness
and haste did not understand:
The restricting cocoon and the struggle
required by the butterfly to get through the opening
was a way of forcing the fluid from the body
into the wings so that it would be ready
for flight once that was achieved.
Sometimes struggles are exactly
what we need in our lives.

Going through life with no obstacles would cripple us.
We will not be as strong as we could have been
and we would never fly.
So have a nice day and struggle a little and teach well.


  1. amazing insight, faith
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  2. Loved,absolutely loveddd it :)
    and hye I'm sorry I haven't been commenting off late, been kinda caught up with school :|
    but heyy Faith! where have you been :(

  3. Love this, this is such a beautiful message. The struggles is always completely worth it; it teaches you to value your achievements that much more! :)


  4. Overcoming our obstacles do make us stronger <3 I loved this blog post!!

  5. That is really beautiful. Great job!

  6. "Sometimes struggles are exactly what we need in our lives. Going through life with no obstacles would cripple us. We will not be as strong as we could have been."

    Sums everything up! :)

  7. hey i am really amazed by this and would love to follow your blog.

  8. last lines were so true .. loved it :)

    Weakest LINK

  9. really enjoyed it.I think it applies to helping our siblings/kids too.

  10. Such a great story! very inspiring. :)

  11. I love this. It's so wonderful and inspiring and honest. It's like a fable.
    PS. I just stumbled onto your site and the first thing I heard was the Smiths. You just got a new follower. xx

  12. i love this story, greeting from indonesia,.. i will join with yours, hope u do the same.. thank u

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    Hi Faith, I'm dropping by random blogs to pass on my well-wishes. Happy New Year, I hope 2012 brings all you hope for and deserve!

    ~ Barry
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  14. Beautiful lesson!
    I agree.
    Happy New Year, by the way! Have a great one.

  15. In our human short-sitedness, it's so easy to forget lessons like this. Thanks for sharing...

  16. Cute blog! Definitely gonna start following!


  17. u have a great blog, nice stories in it...

    BTW, im following u now =)

  18. Thank you so much for sharing this inspiring story! I needed it so much!


  19. Beautiful story! Simply written, but truly inspiring! Thank you for sharing. :)

  20. Aww,Butterflies!!I so love them and anything to do with them!! :)

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  23. This was very, very cool. I even learned something about butterflies that I never knew. However, if I am ever trapped in a cocoon and struggling, by all means cut me free!

  24. I just LOVE reading your posts and your thoughts...
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  25. Your blog's background is cute.
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  26. A very essential lesson in life, weaved into a simple story. Enjoyed the read.