Don't Cripple Your Wings

"Strength and growth come only through continuous effort and struggle." -Napoleon Hill

One day, a guy found a butterfly cocoon. There was a tiny opening. He watched the butterfly for several hours as it struggled to force its body through the tiny hole. Then it seemed to stop making progress. It looked like it was stuck and couldn't go any further.


The guy decided to help the butterfly. He grabbed a pair of scissors and snipped off the remaining bit of the cocoon. The butterfly then slipped out easily. But it had a swollen body, and small, shriveled wings. The guy expected the wings would enlarge and expand to support its body, which would contract in time. Neither happened.


Instead, the butterfly spends the rest of its life crawling around with a swollen body and shriveled wings. It never flew.


In his kindness, impatience, impulsiveness or all of the above, the guy did not understand that the restricting cocoon was nature's way of forcing fluid from the butterfly's body into its wings, so that it could fly once it was free from the cocoon.


Sometimes, struggles are exactly what we need to go through to force the juice into our wings. If we go through our lives avoiding all obstacles, it would cripple us. We would be waddling around with swollen bodies, and would never become what we were created to be, or do what we were created to do.


"The struggle you're in today is developing the strength you need for tomorrow. Don't give up." -Robert Tew
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