|[image by Leonard Chapel]|
If he's lucky.
Not all butterflies are.
Time for a story...
"How lovely!" she exclaimed, clapping her hands in delight. "I'll stay and watch."
Breathlessly, she watched as a tiny hole finally appeared in the cocoon, and then for hours, she continued to watch as the butterfly struggled to force its body through that tiny hole.
"Oh, no," the well-meaning lady with the kind heart said. "I've got to help him!"
So she pulled out her pocketknife and ever-so-carefully enlarged the opening in the cocoon.
Thanks to her help, the exhausted butterfly easily emerged, but its body was small and withered, and its wings were shriveled.
The well-meaning lady with the kind heart continued to watch the butterfly, anxiously waiting for its big beautiful wings to flutter open and expand.
But they never did.
The butterfly lived out his life with a withered body and shriveled wings. Its wings never grew strong enough to support the weight of his body... and he never flew.
Without completing that struggle, the butterfly can't fly.
You see what I'm getting at? The moral of the story? The lessons to be learned?
Two things. First, before we impose our well-meaning help on another creature or person, we should know that our help is genuinely needed and/or wanted. Sometimes, the kindest thing... and the hardest thing...we can do is to stand by and offer support, while our friend overcomes his challenges on his own. And second, like butterflies, there are times we, too, have to struggle through some really tight spots in our lives. But don't give up, and don't lose heart, because determination in the face of obstacles strengthens us, and conquering those obstacles allows us to fly.
It's still a good thing to offer a lift or welcome resting place to butterflies and our other friends when they need it...
and to enjoy their visits and companionship... even if they do occasionally poop on your head.
In the end, we all... both butterflies and people... want to live up to our potential.
We want to fulfill our destinies... and we want to soar as high as our wings... and our dreams... can take us.
Until next time, take care of yourselves. And each other.