A friend of mine posted this to our shared online group, today, and I thought it was so powerful! I had to share it here:
A man found a cocoon (chrysalis) of a butterfly. One day a small opening appeared. 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 the butterfly 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 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 of its life crawling around with a swollen body and shriveled wings. It never was able to fly.
What the man in his kindness and haste did not understand was 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. It would thereby be ready for flight once it achieved its freedom from the cocoon.
Sometimes struggles are exactly what we need to make us grow stronger. If we were allowed to go through life without any obstacles, it would cripple us. We would not be as strong as what could have been. And we could never fly.
Your own metamorphosis takes time… Give yourself the time YOU need to change.