The story of 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,
In fact the butterfly spent the rest of its life
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.
Once upon a time a man, his horse, and his dog were walking down the street. After long hours of walking, the man noticed that they all had died in an accident, but they kept walking under the hot sun. Sometimes dead people, don`t notice they are dead.
Man: I am so thirsty! …(looking at the horse and the dog) and you must be thirsty, too.
Narrator: Then the man saw some a pair of golden gates, a street, and a water fountain.
Man: Wow! Look at those golden gates! And even the street is made of gold! And there`s a water fountain… just what we need!
When they arrived, a gate keeper was guarding the golden gates. Then the man said.
Man: Good day
Gate Keeper 1: Good day
Man: What a beautiful place this is!
Gate Keeper 1: This is heaven.
Man: Oh, it`s good to be in heaven. We are really thirsty!
Gate Keeper 1: You can go in and drink some water.
Man: My horse and my dog are also thirsty.
Gate Keeper 1: I am sorry, but animals are not allowed to enter.
Man: Oh… I can`t leave my friends thirsty. I prefer to leave this place.
So the man, the horse and the dog kept walking. After a long time, they were tired and thirstier. Then they arrived to a place where there was an old gate. Beyond those gates, there was a road with trees on both sides, and there was another gate keeper lying under one of those trees. The man approached the gate keeper and said.
Man: Good day.
Gate Keeper 2: Good day.
Man: My horse, my dog, and me are very thirsty.
Gate Keeper 2: Do you see those rocks over there?
Gate Keeper 2: There will you find a water fountain. You can drink all the water you want.
Man: Thank you, good man.
The man, the horse, and the dog drank all the water they could. Then they returned to where the gate keeper was.
Man: Thank you very much.
Gate Keeper 2: You can come back whenever you want to.
Man: By the way… what is the name of this place?
Man: Heaven? But a few hours ago we were in heaven!
Gate Keeper 2: Are you talking about that place with the golden gates, and a street made of gold?
Man: Yes, that´s correct!
Gate Keeper 2: Well, that place was not heaven… that was hell.
Man: But then… that false information must be causing confusion.
Gate Keeper 2: Not really… in fact they are making us a big favor.
Man: How is that? I don`t understand.