Sunday, August 8, 2010


august break-day eight
Once a little boy was playing outdoors and found a fascinating caterpillar.
He carefully picked it up and took it home to show his mother.
He asked his mother if he could keep it,
and she said he could if he would take good care of it.
The little boy got a large jar from his mother and put plants to eat,
and a stick to climb on, in the jar.
Every day he watched the caterpillar and brought it new plants to eat.
One day the caterpillar climbed up the stick and started acting strangely.
The boy worriedly called his mother who came and
understood that the caterpillar was creating a cocoon.
The mother explained to the boy how the caterpillar
was going to go through a metamorphosis and become a butterfly.
The little boy was thrilled to hear about the changes
his caterpillar would go through.
He watched every day, waiting for the butterfly to emerge.
One day it happened, a small hole appeared in the cocoon
and the butterfly started to struggle to come out.
At first the boy was excited, but soon he became concerned.
The butterfly was struggling so hard to get out!
It looked like it couldn’t break free!
It looked desperate! It looked like it was making no progress!
The boy was so concerned he decided to help.
He ran to get scissors, and then walked back
(because he had learned not to run with scissors…).
He snipped the cocoon to make the hole bigger
and the butterfly quickly emerged!
As the butterfly came out the boy was surprised.
It had a swollen body and small, shriveled wings.
He continued to watch the butterfly expecting that,
at any moment, the wings would dry out,
enlarge and expand to support the swollen body.
He knew that in time the body would shrink
and the butterfly’s wings would expand.
But neither happened!
The butterfly spent the rest of its life crawling
around with a swollen body and shriveled wings.
It never was able to fly…
As the boy tried to figure out what had gone
wrong his mother took him to talk to a scientist from a local college.
He learned that the butterfly was SUPPOSED to struggle.
In fact, the butterfly’s struggle to push its way
through the tiny opening of the cocoon
pushes the fluid out of its body and into its wings.
Without the struggle, the butterfly would never, ever fly.
The boy’s good intentions in reality hurt the butterfly.

as you go through life, keep in mind that struggling
is an important part of any grow experience.
in fact, it is the struggling
that causes you the ability
to fly.
there are many
variations of this story.
but the ending is always the same.
we sometimes need
to struggle
in order to eventually
so. stop.
realize you are struggling.
embrace it.
figure it out.
open your wings.
and fly.
welcome to coffee hour.
welcome to this Sunday morning.
just BE.


Dan Kent said...

I am so touched by this story. Thank you. I have an autistic son - I help him way too much, I know, as he needs to learn more independence. This is a reminder.

bfarr said...

Lovely story. Thank you for sharing.

Joanna said...

Oh my! What a tender and touching story with such a powerful message. Thank your for this.