A man found the cocoon of a butterfly.
One day a small opening appeared.
The man sat and watched the butterfly for several hours
as it struggled to force its body through the tiny hole.
Then it stopped, as if it could go no further.
So the man decided to help the butterfly.
He took a pair of scissors and
snipped off the remaining bits of cocoon.
The butterfly emerged easily, but
it had a swollen body and shriveled wings.
The man continued to watch it and
expecting that any minute the wings would enlarge
and expand enough to support the body.
In fact the butterfly spent the rest of its life
It was never able to fly.
What the man in his kindness
and hast had not understood was
that the restricting cocoon and the struggle,
required by the butterfly to get through the opening,
was a way of forcing the fluid from the body
into the wings so that it would be ready
for flight once that freedom was achieved.
So it is with us.
Sometimes struggles are exactly
what we need in our lives.
Going through life with no obstacles
would robe us of becoming strong and, perhaps, realizing our life's potential.
It's the struggles in life that make us appreciate our successes.