Josh Montenegro-Sanchez

The Struggle

One day a small gap appeared in the cocoon, through which the butterfly had to appear. A boy, who accidentally passed by, stopped and watched how the butterfly was trying to get out of the cocoon. Even after several hours of struggle, there was no progress. It seemed that the butterfly had tried its best and could not give any more try. 
The boy decided to help the butterfly. He took a penknife and cut the cocoon. The butterfly then emerged easily. But it had a swollen body and small, shriveled wings. 
The boy continued to watch the butterfly, and was quite eager to see it fly with its beautiful wings. Unfortunately that moment would never arrive. In fact, the butterfly spent the rest of its life crawling around with a swollen body and shriveled wings.
What this boy did not understand was that the butterfly was suppose to struggle. In fact, the continuous effort from the butterfly to come out of its cocoon would let the fluid stored in the body be converted into wings. The body would become lighter and smaller, and the wings would be beautiful and large. Without the struggle, the butterfly would never, ever fly. 
Life gives us challenges and obstacles so we can face them, not so we can avoid them or go around them. Even though it might not be the easiest way out, we are only hurting ourselves when we avoid struggles. Sometimes struggles are exactly what we need in our life if we want to succeed, so embrace them with pride! The amazing thing about SlideBelts, its that here you will never face them alone. Happy Friday team!
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