A man found a cocoon with a young butterfly inside. As he watched, a small opening appeared, and for several hours it struggled to force its body through the little hole. Then it seemed to stop making any progress. It appeared stuck.
The man decided to help the butterfly, and with a pair of scissors, he cut open the cocoon. The butterfly emerged easily, but something was wrong. The butterfly had a swollen body and shrivelled wings. It wasn’t able to fly.
In his kindness and haste the man did not realize that the butterfly’s struggle to get through the small opening of the cocoon is Nature’s way of forcing fluid from the body of the butterfly into its wings so that it would be strong enough for flight.
Each challenge we face makes us grow stronger!