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Ry Fry – Teaching Philosophy #1: ‘You Must Struggle’

By January 17, 2019Uncategorized

Butterflies are amazing; they truly reinvent themselves.  It’s incredible that a beautiful and colorful butterfly comes from an unappealing worm.  Stories explain important points so well.  The following story illustrates perfectly my perspective on why we must struggle:

One day a man found a cocoon of a butterfly out on his garden on a fallen branch. He loved butterflies and had enthusiasm for its brilliant combination of colors. He understood that the butterfly would struggle to transform from an unpleasant caterpillar into a beautiful, vibrant butterfly one day.  He took the cocoon into his home and placed it in a large mason jar. A few days later the cocoon began to wriggle and a small opening appeared. He sat and examined the butterfly for several hours as it fought to force its body through a tiny hole. Then it appeared to stop making any advancement in its efforts. It appeared as if it had just gotten as far as it could and it could go no farther.

With his passion and love for butterflies, the man decided he must help the struggling butterfly.  So he took a pair of scissors and gently snipped off the remaining bit of the cocoon. The butterfly then emerged effortlessly.

The man was happy that he had helped the butterfly come out of the cocoon without any more fight. He continued to observe the butterfly and was excited to see it fly with its handsome wings. He expected that at any time, the butterfly would expand its wings, shrink its body down and that the wings could support the body. Regrettably though, the wings did not expand, nor did the swollen body reduce in size. The butterfly just crawled around awkwardly, with withered wings and a huge body. It was never able to fly.

What this man, in his kindness and haste did not understand, was that the restricting cocoon and the struggle, which is essential for the butterfly to get through the tiny opening was; just nature’s way of forcing the fluid from the body of the butterfly into its fragile wings. Only then, would it achieved its freedom from the cocoon and could take flight.  From time to time, struggles are precisely what we need in our own life. If nature allowed us to go through life without any obstacles, it would just cripple us. We would not be as strong as what we could have been. We could never fly.

Moral #1:   Struggles give us the needed experience we need to grow.
Moral #2:   Struggles enable us to make the necessary personal discoveries needed for success in life.
Moral #3:   The only way to prepare ourselves in life is to allow people to struggle through adversity.
Moral #4:   If nature permitted us to go through life without any hurdles, it would cripple us.


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