This I Believe

“Out of suffering have emerged the strongest souls; the most massive characters are seared with scars.”

Kahlil Gibran

It was Thursday, not a while ago, or Tuesday, I am not even sure, one of these days in the middle of the week, when my day begins at 5 in the morning and doesn’t end until late evening around 10-11o’clock, busy, hectic, very tiring… I was exhausted, melted into couch, sipping on hot tea, watching favorite TV show and feeling sorry for myself. Bad day, bad news, unfortunate events, ouch…Of course I have been there before, I know time heals, was not careful, no one to blame, but still, painful like for the first time. Kept telling myself: “Perseverance, patience, calm”, ...

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of them mentioned a story about a moth emerging from the cocoon, drawing a moral from it. It caught my attention. I had to turn over to everyone’s best friend Google for the details and do a little research. The story was short, simple and so very beautiful and sweet.
A man found a cocoon of a butterfly. One day a small opening appeared. The man sat and watched the butterfly for several hours as it struggled to force its body through that little hole. Then it seemed to stop making any progress. It appeared as if it had gotten as far as it could. 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, but it had a swollen body and small, shriveled wings. The man continued to watch the butterfly because he expected that, at any moment, the wings would enlarge and expand to be able to support the body, which would contract in time. Neither happened! In fact, the butterfly spent the rest ...

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because it strengthens the soul, humbles it, teaches patience, compassion and humility, so that one is able to see and to understand the pain of others, and through this understanding and awareness is willing to help and serve those less fortunate in need. I believe if people go through lives without any obstacles, it would cripple them, they would not be as strong as they could have been, they would not be able to reach their full potential and no one ever would "be able to fly”, so to speak.
But before one can fly, or even walk, one must learn to crawl. It is the natural law of life, simple and miraculous at the same time. From the very beginning, from the very first moments of it ...

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Added: 5/3/2011 03:41:56 AM
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