It’s Worth The Struggle

One day, a man found a cocoon. As he began to watch this cocoon, a small opening appeared. He sat and watched the butterfly for several hours as it struggled to force its body through the little hole. Then it seemed to stop making any progress. It appeared as if it had gotten as far as it could. He believed it could go no further.

So the man decided to help the butterfly. He took a pair of scissors and snipped off the remaining bits of the cocoon. The butterfly then emerged. 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. Surely, they would 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.

The man, in his kindness and haste, did not understand that both the restricting cocoon and the struggle were required. This was nature’s way of forcing fluid from the body of the butterfly into its wings to prepare it for flight. Through struggle, it would achieve its own freedom from the cocoon.

Sometimes, the struggle is exactly what we need in life. Easy lives without any obstacles would leave us crippled. We would not be as strong as we could have been.

Be thankful for your struggles and embrace them.  It is because of them that you have developed into a conqueror. Instead spending your life crawling, you are able to FLY!!! 

Written by Joshua C. Chiles for Vitamin C Magazine 2012. All rights reserved.

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About Chelsey Lyn

Hi, my name is Chelsey Allen. Originally, I was born in northern Vermont, but I wouldn’t call that home. I grew up migrating across North America. I recently graduated from West Virginia University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Nutrition & Foods along with a minor in English. Currently, I am living in Florida both working and attending NSU for my Masters in Public Health... oh yeah, and trying to figure out what to do with my life once I finally finish school. I'm a violinist, vegetarian, MPH student, runner, writer and reader of non-fiction, amateur painter, ethnic food enthusiast, coffee connosseur, frequenter at farmer’s markets, led by faith....

Posted on August 20, 2012, in Inspiration, Weekly Power Pill and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 7 Comments.

  1. Reginald Kinard

    Timely and encouraging story!

  2. Wow! To understand that completing the process is vital to your complete development. Thanks Joshua for letting me know if I am going through just keep moving because the race is not given to the swiftest but he that endureth til the end.

  3. What a blessing to go THROUGH a struggle so others can appreciate our beauty!!!! Very much needed!!!

  4. Josh as u already know what JT & I have been through with Taz & we are currently still going through life obstacles with him, but your words are so true to the heart!!! Struggles only make u stronger and wiser & for Taz i am thankful for every tear i’ve cried and every struggle we have went through b/c through it all….God has & still is blessing me!!!

  5. Im stronger, Im wiser! Im better, so much better! When i look back after all you brought me through, I realize I made cause i had you to hold on too! J this brings that song to my head. Thankful when we look back at where we came from, where we are, and where God is taking us! AMEN!

  6. Speak 2 me lord!!! Word is right on time…thanks for blessing me man of god!!

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