We have had more butterflies this year than ever before. I’ve enjoyed watching them flutter around. We also have a lot of Gulf Fritillary caterpillars on our passion vine. And while it drives me insane that they are eating my vine away . . . I have to admit I enjoy the butterflies more knowing they are coming from my flower bed.

The Butterfly

A man found a cocoon of a butterfly. One day a small opening appeared. He sat and watched the butterfly for several hours as it struggled to squeeze its body through the tiny hole. Then it stopped, as if it couldn’t go further.

So the man decided to help the butterfly. He took a pair of scissors and snipped off the remaining bits of cocoon. The butterfly emerged easily but it had a swollen body and shriveled wings.

The man continued to watch it, expecting that any minute the wings would enlarge and expand enough to support the body, Neither happened! In fact the butterfly spent the rest of its life crawling around. It was never able to fly.

What the man in his kindness and haste did not understand: The restricting cocoon and the struggle required by the butterfly to get through the opening was a way of forcing the fluid from the body into the wings so that it would be ready for flight once that was achieved.

Sometimes struggles are exactly what we need in our lives. Going through life with no obstacles would cripple us. We will not be as strong as we could have been and we would never fly.

**There are countless renditions of this story. It is not mine and I was not able to find the original author. Regardless what rendition you read it’s important to realize our struggles in life develop our strengths. Without struggles, we never grow and never get stronger.**

These are just a few of the butterfly pictures out of my flower garden.