The Butterfly Story

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 gotten 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, shriveled 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 shriveled 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.

Butterfly develops through a process called metamorphosis

The beautiful butterfly: First, it’s laid as an Egg, then it turns to Larva, transform to Pupa and finally an Imago emerges.

In its egg form, no one probably appreciate or know that it’s a butterfly egg. It’s raw, looks like all other eggs. No one starts from the top. Ladder must be climbed step by step starting from the first.

Larva form: At this stage, the ‘worm’ like butterfly eats and eats and continues to eat. Nourishment is important. No one gives what he doesn’t have.

The ‘butterfly’ then goes to an inactive stage called Pupa. Sometimes, it’s good to retreat. It’s good to be silent and learn from others. The butterfly is about to emerge at this stage!

This story/message did not originate from Zionites. Zionites is a mere channel through which inspirational messages are conveyed.

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