One day a small opening appeared in a cocoon and a man observed the future butterfly for several hours. The insect battled to force its body through the tiny hole. Suddenly it looked like the butterfly could not move any further. It seemed as if it could no longer carry on in its own strength.
So the man decided to help by taking a pair of scissors and cutting open the cocoon. Although this made it very easy for the butterfly to get out, it was tiny and had very crumpled wings.
The man carried on watching, expecting the wings to open and spread out at any moment to support the butterfly's body and provide it with elasticity. However, this did not happen! Instead the butterfly spent the rest of its life crawling along the ground with crumpled wings. It was never able to fly.
Despite his kindness and good intentions, the man failed to understand that the limits of cocoon and the struggle are essential. As the butterfly fights its way out of the small opening, fluid from the butterfly’s body is pushed into the wings. This prepares the butterfly to be able to fly as soon as it achieves freedom from the cocoon.
Sometimes the battle is exactly what we need in our life. A life without obstacles would never make us as strong as we can be. We would never be able to fly.
(Source: author unknown)