Saturday, 3 November 2007

A Parable

              One day, a small opening appeared in a cocoon A man sat and watched for the butterfly for several hours as it struggled to free its body through that small hole.
              Then, it seems to stop making any progress. It appeared as if it had gotten as far as it could, and no further.
              The man decided to help the butterfly. He took a pair of scissors and snipped open the cocoon.
              The butterfly was able to emerged easily. But it had a withered body, tiny and shrivelled wings.
               The man continued to watch because he expected that, at any moment, the wings would open, enlarge and expand, and the butterfly will take flight.
               Neither happened! In fact, the butterfly spent the rest of its life crawling around with a withered body and shrivelled wings. It never was able to fly.
              What the man, in his kindness and goodwill did not understand was that the restricting cocoon, and the struggle required for the butterfly to get through the tiny opening were Nature’s way of forcing fluid from the body of the butterfly, so that it would be ready for flight once it achieved its freedom from the cocoon.

Moral of the story: 
1. Our struggles in life are designed to make us stronger.
2. One cannot force nor hasten the scheme of things in nature. Things happen when the time is right, or you could say that there is a time for everything.
3. While we might like to help, sometimes we have to let people fight their own battles. 

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