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There’s often a certain level of discomfort in growth. Stretching out of your comfort zone can feel uneasy and even terrifying and it’s easy to retreat back into our safe little cocoon. But it’s often in our times of struggle that we have the most growth. It gives us strength and moulds us into the person we’ll become.

Like the beautiful story of the butterfly below, this is where the magic happens. Embrace it and let yourself fly.

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.