Saturday, January 17, 2009

Dare to Go Through the Experience: The Butterfly Story

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Maybe you’ve heard the butterfly story?

A little boy finds a cocoon and waits for the butterfly to appear. Eventually the cocoon splits in half and a damp butterfly beats its wings as it struggles to get out.

Worried that the butterfly will not be able to escape, the boy grabs the cocoon and pulls it apart. The boy breaks the butterfly free, but it falls to the ground, unable to fly.In order for its wings to be strong enough to fly, a butterfly must first struggle against the cocoon.

How well I know dealing with the frustrations, hardships and stresses of life is hard to do, but it is necessary. To grow and to become our best selves we must be able to handle the fortitudes of life, we must be allowed opportunities to struggle and strengthen our wings.

Speaking of butterflies...

Thanks to L. Diane Wolfe who awarded my blog The Butterfly Award. Now it's time to go and seek out fellow bloggers to also receive the designation. If you have recommendations for me, would love to review them.

Allyn Evans
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Carolyn Howard-Johnson said...

What a lovely metaphor this is. As parents, we are often too tempted to make things easy on our children. This is a great reminder not to do that!

Carolyn Howard-Johnson

Prill Boyle said...

Love the butterfly metaphor. It works on so many different levels.

Beth Blair said...

I had never heard the butterfly metaphor until your post, but it is a good one!

Barbara Techel said...

This was a beautiful metaphor, Allyn! My work with Frankie I hope teaches children that struggles and challenges help us grow... and with that comes great beauty and joy. Just like the butterfly.
Barbara Techel
Author of Frankie, the Walk 'N Roll Dog