From the short stories series: The Butterfly Story

From the short stories series: The Butterfly Story

The great thing about short stories is that they’re powerful reads, they are easy to digest and there’s always something to learn at the end of each story. Many of them really do get you thinking. The next story is no different. It starts with a man who found a cocoon. Read on for the Butterfly story.





The Butterfly Story


A man found a cocoon of a butterfly and spent hours watching a it struggling to emerge from its cocoon. One day a small opening appeared as it forced its body through that little hole. After a long struggle, it appeared to be exhausted and remained absolutely still.



So the man decided to help the butterfly. He took a pair of scissors and snipped off the remaining bit of the cocoon. The butterfly then emerged easily, although it had a swollen body and small, shriveled wings. The man didn’t think anything of it and sat there waiting for the wings to enlarge to support the butterfly. But that didn’t happen. The butterfly spent the rest of its life unable to fly, crawling around with tiny wings and a swollen body.



Despite the kind heart of the man, he didn’t understand that the restricting cocoon and the struggle needed by the butterfly to get itself through the small opening: were God’s way of forcing fluid from the body of the butterfly into its wings. To prepare itself for flying once it was out of the cocoon.



Author of the Butterfly Story: Unknown.









Struggles are sometimes exactly what we need in our lives. Going through life with no obstacles would cripple us. Without struggles, we never grow and never get stronger.


One has to say that the help from others can be valuable resources to grow too, but what the story implies is something different. It´s important for us to tackle challenges on our own, and not be relying on help from others too much. It means that they start to help you avoid making mistakes, instead of help you improve the things you are working on.


Our struggles in life develop our strengths. We will not be as strong as we could have been and we would never fly.


Did you like this story? Share your thoughts about the butterfly story in the comment section below. Are you interested in more short stories? You may like these ones too:


At last, I’ve been reading plenty of short stories in the past couple of weeks. I found the lessons behind them truly wonderful, because there’s always a moral to learn at the end of each story. If you like these kind of short stories I can come up with more each month. You can find all of them in this section.


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