Butterflies & Blazes
The Cocoon & the Butterfly
 Journey of Hearts 
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The following story originally found it's way to the website under the title, The Moth and the Coccoon, but I had seen this version and decided to create an update re-edited it for clarity.
I find this story very inspirational, when I am trying to make sense of life's many struggles. Particularly lately, it seems at times that life seems pretty unfair. Every where we turn, we meet obstacles. It is difficult in the midst of struggling to remember that there is a reason for the struggling, often it is a time of growth, of finding purpose, of discovering a new direction. The hard part is remembering that you do get past the obstacles. I try to revisit this story and the following thought, and somehow it helps it to make sense.
We are a product of what we have survived.
Kirsti A. Dyer, MD, MS
Or as Booker T. Washington stated:

  The Cocoon & the Butterfly

A man found a cocoon of a butterfly, that he brought home.

One day a small opening appeared in the cocoon. He sat and watched the coccon for several hours as the butterfly struggled to force its body through that little hole. Then it seemed to stop making  progress. It appeared as if the butterfly had gotten as far as it could, and it could go no further. The man decided to help the butterfly in it's struggle. He took a pair of scissors and snipped off the remaining bit of the cocoon...

As the butterfly emerged, the man was surprised. It had a swollen body and small, shriveled wings. He continued to watch the butterfly expecting that, at any moment, the wings would dry out, enlarge and expand to support the swollen body. He knew that in time the body which would contract and the butterfly would be able to fly. 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 were required for the butterfly to be able to fly. The butterfly must push it's way through the tiny opening to force the fluid from its body and wings. Only by struggling through the opening, can the butterfly's wings be ready for flight once it emerges from the cocoon.

Sometimes struggles are exactly what we need in our life.  If  God allowed us to go through our life without any obstacles, it would cripple us. We would not be as strong as what we could have been.

And we could never fly.

Original Author Unknown

 When you wonder about life's obstacles, remember the struggles are needed so that we can emerge ready to fly.....
Spread your wings and prepare to fly,
For you have become a butterfly
Fly abandonedly into the sun.
Spread your wings and fly
Mariah Carey
Last updated December 1, 1998
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