Thursday, December 23, 2010

Nature's Ordeal Crippled by Kindness...

     A man found a cocoon of a butterfly. After a few days 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, 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 God'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. If we went through our lives without any obstacles, it would cripple us. We would not be as strong as what we have been. We would never fly ! Life becomes wonderful and more fruitful when it is full of difficulties.


  1. Yes, you are right, absolutely right.. But many just can't seem to agree or comprehend this meaning.. Sometimes, it is just so hard for many to simply accept that all we need was their presence in the midst of our struggle for the love to be touched.. I am going to link your story to my latest post because it just explain what I was trying to express.. :)

  2. Indeed, we learn a lot and are more matured and independent through difficulties.

    Sometimes, we can't fight nature, let it takes its course for there's a blessing in disguise.

  3. Sorry, sis.. Forgot to leave you the direct link.. here is it: or you can find it under Ting's Little Note (TL004: Help)

    *HUG* and also, A MERRY CHRISTMAS to you and all your love ones!!! :)

  4. Nicely written.

    Like you said, " Life becomes wonderful and more fruitful when it is full of difficulties", adding to it, "... when we try to overcome those difficulties with our hard work". Nothing is matched to one's competence, hard work and struggle for a better life.

    On the whole, I liked the concept and the writing style. Keep Writing. Take Care. :)

  5. Another great moral to a story.

  6. You always share the perfect sentiments. Your blog should be required reading for all mankind! Thanks. Jyotsna...keep these coming!

  7. TO dear Krislin, Balqis, Ajay, Karen and Ms Jill

    Thank you very much for your visit and nice comments...sorry I was out of this cyber world for sometime so couldn't reply on time..

    Your visit and comment means a lot to me..
    you all are my mental support and inspiration.
    thank you so much to all of you :)

  8. Short and sweet story it is!
    But, the message of great gravity there is!!

    Of course! I have felt it very closely many more times.
    Challenges, difficulties, pains and pangs on the way just make us wise.

  9. Very true Suresh ! I too have felt many a times..
    thank you for your visit and comment..
    keep visiting !:)

  10. true my friend...sometimes we asked God why? But this trials always comes as pillars to give us strength in our lives.Like me I am in an annulment process being hurt by my husband and hurting also my kids I've been through too much pain but that's life we all must move on.

    In this journey called life survival is not based on the circumstances that we are in but on how we respond to this trials that's what matters most...nice post my dear...

  11. @ Sabita :

    thank you sabi for visit n comment...glad that you liked it :)

  12. its emotional n with gr8 moral keep it up

  13. @ Simple Sie :

    I'm really sorry to know about your personal life going through...but at the same time I'm glad that you're stronge woman with positive attitude :)
    I hope you'll cross this hurdle with much ease.
    May this new year bring happiness and fulfill all your wishes !

    thank you so much for sharing all this with me.
    if you want to tell me and for your trust,I'm always around.

    tc dear ! :)

  14. Well said! Shortcuts comes with a price. It is always better to struggle through the path of life to achieve success. Thanks for sharing :)

  15. @ Sakura :

    Thank you Sakura ! keep visiting :)
    have a great year ahead ! :)

  16. @ Anto :

    Exactly Anto, the bravest sight in the world is to see a great man struggling against adversity.. If you stop struggling, then you stop life..!

    thank you Anto for sharing your view :)
    keep visiting !
    have a great life ahead ! :)