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Struggle A Little

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

One day a small opening appeared he sat and watched the butterfly for several hours. It struggled to force its body through that little hole. Then it seemed to stop making any progress. It appeared as if it had gotten as far as it could and it could go no farther.

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. He continued to watch the butterfly, he expected that, at any moment, the wings would enlarge and the body would contract. Neither happened!

In fact, the butterfly spent the rest of its life crawling around with a swollen body and shriveled wings. It was never able to fly.

The man acted with well-intentioned kindness but he didn’t understand the consequences. The restricting cocoon and the struggle required to get through the tiny opening, were nature’s way of forcing fluid from the body of the butterfly once it achieved its freedom from the cocoon.

Sometimes struggles are exactly what we need in our life. If we were to go through life without any obstacles, it would cripple us. We would not be as strong as we could have been and we could never fly

So the next time you are faced with an obstacle, a challenge, or a problem, remember the butterfly.

Struggle a little – then fly!

Categories: Motivate Yourself
  1. Sachin
    July 5, 2010 at 9:08 pm

    Inspiring…& good one

  2. Nirav
    July 5, 2010 at 9:09 pm

    Its very nice story

  3. Anonymous
    July 5, 2010 at 9:09 pm


  4. John
    July 5, 2010 at 9:11 pm

    Very good

  5. July 20, 2010 at 5:59 am

    @ Sachin, Nirav & John – Thank you for coming and warm comments 🙂

  6. July 20, 2010 at 7:39 am

    Very aptly defined. Infact to purify Gold we have to put it through fire. Similarly the struggles in our life are meant to make us stronger.

  7. pinky
    July 20, 2010 at 7:52 am

    Strength does not come from winning. Your struggles develop your strengths. When you go through hardships and decide not to surrender, that is strength.”

  8. July 20, 2010 at 8:10 am

    @ Shammi – Exactly, struggles makes us strong. This is short reminder to all of us who work hard 🙂

    @ Pinky – Well said, Struggle is part of the process to reach the final destination…success 🙂

  9. sandhya
    July 20, 2010 at 4:03 pm

    God gives us stuggle so we can grow…

  10. July 20, 2010 at 4:06 pm

    @ Sandhya – Exactly. Thanks for coming 🙂

  11. Kumar
    July 21, 2010 at 12:08 pm

    this is one of your best till date! u want something,work for it.

  12. July 21, 2010 at 1:23 pm

    @ Kumar – Thank you bro 🙂

  13. Shyrose
    July 21, 2010 at 3:48 pm

    good one…. 🙂

  14. July 21, 2010 at 4:19 pm

    @ Shyrose – Thanks for the comment 🙂

  15. NIMITA
    July 24, 2010 at 9:04 am

    Nice1 Raj

  16. July 24, 2010 at 9:23 am

    @ Nimita – Thank you 🙂

  17. dhriti
    September 8, 2010 at 2:46 pm

    i will defo remember da butterfly wenever i m in probs 🙂

  18. September 8, 2010 at 3:39 pm

    @ Dhriti – We learn from this story, isn’t it? 🙂

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