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A Butterfly's Lesson

One day a small opening appeared in a cocoon. A man sitting nearby watched fro the butterfly for several hours as it struggled to force its body through that little hole.

Then it seemed to stop making progress. It appeared as if it had gotten as far as it could and could go no further so the man decided to help the butterfly.,

He took a pair of scissors and opened the cocoon.

The butterfly then emerged easily.

But it had a withered body and tiny, shrivelled wings.

The man continued to watch because he expected that at any moment the wings would open, enlarge and expand to be able to support the butterfly's body and become firm.

Neither happened. Infact, 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 good will 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 into its wings so that it would be ready for flight once it achieved its freedom from the cocoon.

Sometimes struggles are what we need in life.

If we are allowed to go through our lives without any obstacles it would cripple us.

We would not be as strong as we could have been – never able to fly.

I asked for strength and was given difficulties to make me strong
I asked for wisdom and was given problems to solve
I asked for prosperity and was given a brain and brawn to work with
I asked for courage and was given obstacles to overcome
I asked for love and was given troubled people to help
I asked for favours and was given opportunities
I received nothing I wanted but everything I needed.

Live life without fear, confront all obstacles
 and know you can overcome them.

With money you can buy a house but not a home
With money you can buy a clock but not time
With money you can buy a bed but not sleep
With money you can buy a book but not knowledge
With money you can buy a doctor but not good health
With money you can buy position but not respect
With money you can buy a blood but not life
With money you can buy a sex but not love

Luck cannot buy Luck