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Daily Motivation: The Butterfly - Successnaire

Today’s Daily Motivation is a story that beautifully illustrates how necessary struggle can be for success.  Even better, if you  reframe ‘struggle’ as simple ‘process’ then you take out that sense of having to battle and are simply left with a vital step that takes you forward.

It’s this ability to reframe that separates those who succeed from those who fail: playing the cards you are dealt and doing it well is the key to overcoming any obstacle.  Rather than denying those obstacles – or steps in the process – simply accept and know that they are a part of the journey rather than the end.

Read on to discover how this applies in the story of The Man & The Butterfly:

A man found a cocoon of a butterfly.
One day a small opening appeared.
He sat and watched the butterfly for several hours
as it struggled to squeeze its body through the tiny hole.

Then it stopped, as if it couldn’t go further.
So the man decided to help the butterfly.
He took a pair of scissors and
snipped off the remaining bits of cocoon.

The butterfly emerged easily, but
it had a swollen body and shriveled wings.
The man continued to watch it,
expecting that any minute the wings would enlarge
and expand enough to support the body,

Neither happened!

In fact the butterfly spent the rest of its life
crawling around.
It was never able to fly.

What the man in his kindness
and haste did not understand:
The restricting cocoon and the struggle
required by the butterfly to get through the opening
was a way of forcing the fluid from the body
into the wings so that it would be ready
for flight once that was achieved.

Sometimes struggles are exactly
what we need in our lives.
Going through life with no obstacles would cripple us.
We will not be as strong as we could have been
and we would never fly.

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