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Another Lesson From The Butterfly

November 3, 2019

Here is another lesson from the butterfly.  See the previous post for the first ones

There is a story that when John James Audubon was a boy, he saw a budding butterfly that had just transformed from a caterpillar in it’s cocoon.  It looked to him as though the butterfly was struggling to get out and was in pain.  So he snipped the cocoon in order to make a larger opening.  Soon the butterfly emerged.  Sadly, one of it’s wings was deformed, so it couldn’t properly fly.

This teaches us that it was in the struggle that a butterfly becomes fully formed and strong enough to be what it’s meant to be.

Sound Familiar?

You, me, and all of us have had struggles, or are having some now, and yes there will most likely be more.  Just like the butterfly, it is through those struggles that we can get stronger.  It is getting through to the other end, that we get stronger and can fly.

If you adopt the belief and attitude that the struggles presented to you are challenges meant to make you stronger, they will do just that when you push through the cocoon.

The difference between you and the butterfly is choice.  The butterfly does not have a choice, you do.  What you choose to do with the struggle determines whether you come out of your cocoon ready to fly.

There is light at the end of the tunnel, and there is life at the end of the cocoon.

Be Good Do Good Think Good

4 Comments leave one →
  1. Jocko permalink
    November 3, 2019 8:21 am

    Thank you, Fred. In thinking about this story, I realized there’s a huge amount of teaching within it.

    As I began wandering through aspects of this teaching, I realized I was wanting to argue or find fault–such as with terms like “meant to.”

    I took a breath and dropped whatever “critical thinking” stuff I was revving up with. I needed to listen more with my heart.

    The teaching is true and meaningful whether one believes the challenges are “meant to” by some design or whether they befall us–who knows why.

    Those challenges can make us stronger if we choose to face them and do our best.

    I have 74 years of experience that tells me this story is “true” and valuable. Thanks for making me face another challenge this morning. Jocko

    • Fred Fox permalink*
      November 3, 2019 8:53 am

      I was “meant” to get your comment and read it 🙂
      I always look forward to your comments and enjoy/appreciate them
      Thanks Jocko

  2. Catherine permalink
    November 3, 2019 7:32 am

    Great words of wisdom Fred

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