A few years ago at the Seattle Special Olympics, nine contestants, all physically or mentally disabled, assembled at the starting line for the 100-yard-dash. At the gun they all started out, not exactly in a dash, but with the relish to run the race to the finish and win.
All, that is, except one boy who stumbled on the asphalt, tumbled over a couple of times, and began to cry. The other eight heard the boy cry. They slowed down and paused. Then they all turned around and went back. Every one of them. One girl with Down’s syndrome bent down and kissed him and said, “This will make it better.” Then all nine linked arms and walked together to the finish line.
Everyone in the stadium stood, and the cheering went on for 10 minutes.
A man found the cocoon of a butterfly that was about to emerge. He 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 and it could go no further.
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, expecting 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 of its life crawling around with a swollen body and shriveled wings.
It never was able to fly.
The man, in his kindness and haste, did not understand that the restricting cocoon and the struggle required for the butterfly to get through the tiny opening were Nature's way of forcing fluid from the body of the butterfly into its wings. This ensures that it will be ready for flight once it achieves its freedom from the cocoon.
Sometimes struggles are exactly what we need in our life. If we were allowed to go through our life without any obstacles, it would cripple us. We would not be as strong as what we could have been.
We could never fly.
I asked for Strength . . . . . . . . And I was given difficulties to make me strong.
I asked for Wisdom . . . . . . . . And I was given problems to solve.
I asked for Prosperity . . . . . . . . And I was given brain and brawn to work.
I asked for Courage . . . . . . . . And I was given danger to overcome.
I asked for Love . . . . . . . . And I was given troubled people to help.
I asked for Favors . . . . . . . . And I was given opportunities.
I received nothing I wanted. I received everything I needed.
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