The Butterfly Story
It was the early blossoming of spring and a girl was wandering through a garden when she discovered a cocoon hanging from the branch of a tree. It was almost time for a butterfly to emerge. Fascinated with her discovery she returned to the garden daily, enthusiastic to see all that would happen and hoping never to miss a thing.
One day a small opening appeared from its cocoon and the girl saw the butterfly struggling to free itself from its cocoon and enter a new world. She watched intently – until the butterfly seemed to have stopped making progress. It appeared as if it had gone as far as possible and could go no further.
The girl made a sudden decision; she began to remove pieces of the cocoon that were obstructing the butterfly. Excited, she watched as the butterfly emerged, hoping its wings would unfold. But her excitement turned into dismay as the butterfly remained unable to move.
It was then that the girl realized what was happening: the cocoon was intended to create the struggle necessary for the butterfly to fly. In fact, it was not trying to escape… this was just nature’s way of making its wings stronger. It occurred to the girl that the butterfly would actually be grateful to the cocoon for the struggle that they would share.
I took this inspiring story from Miranda Kerr’s book ‘Treasure Yourself’. She speaks about being the impatient girl in life, trying to rush things before their time but also the butterfly, having to go through the struggles of life to become our true potential.
I personally believe I’ve been both and as I’ve got older I’m learning to really embrace my struggles and not be so impatient. (I am still working on it). If you are reading this right now and going through something I just want you to know that you will get through your struggle. You are that butterfly, working on strengthening your wings so when its your time to fly you’l be ready to go.
You have a new week and you have the power to mould it into something beautiful, don’t let your happenings destroy your happiness. Allow events to unfold and exercise that patience! Happy monday!