It’s Monday again, smile! We all know that many people make fun of Monday. There are memes going viral around the internet about Monday stress and how much they hope that time jumps to Friday, can you relate? We all have our own struggle at work and in life. The secret to a happy life is to embrace them and learn from them.
Think about this, if Monday is a struggle for you and you would not go through it, Tuesday won’t come and you will not reach your hope to meet Friday. The same goes with any struggles we have in life, we need to experience some difficulty in order for us to become wiser and stronger. No trials stay with you for a lifetime. They are trials to your future success.
Sharing with you a lovely story. Have a happy Monday!
There was a small boy who loved butterflies. Oh, not to net and mount them, but to wonder at their designs and habits.
Now a grown man with his first son to be born in a few weeks, he found himself once again fascinated with a cocoon. He had found it at the side of the park path. Somehow the twig had been knocked from the tree and the cocoon had survived undamaged and still woven to the branch.
As he had seen his mother do, he gently protected it by wrapping it in his handkerchief and carried it home. The cocoon found a temporary home in a wide-top mason jar with holes in the lid. The jar was placed on the mantle for easy viewing and protection from their curious cat who would delight in volleying the sticky silk between her paws.
The man watched. His wife’s interest lasted only a moment, but he studied the silky envelope. Almost imperceptibly at first, the cocoon moved. He watched more closely and soon the cocoon was trembling with activity. Nothing else happened. The cocoon remained tightly glued to the twig and there was no sign of wings.
Finally, the shaking became so intense, the man thought the butterfly would die from the struggle. He removed the lid on the jar, took a sharp penknife from his desk drawer, and carefully made a tiny slit in the side of the cocoon. Almost immediately, one wing appeared and then outstretched the other. The butterfly was free!
It seemed to enjoy its freedom and walked along the edge of the mason jar and along the edge of the mantle. But it didn’t fly. At first the man thought the wings needed time to dry, but time passed and still, the butterfly did not take off.
The man was worried and called up his neighbour who taught high school science. He told the neighbour how he had found the cocoon, placed it in the mason jar, and the terrible trembling as the butterfly struggled to get out. When he described how he had carefully made a small slit in the cocoon, the teacher stopped him. “Oh, that is the reason. You see, the struggle is what gives the butterfly the strength to fly.”
And so it is with us. Sometimes it’s the struggles in life that strengthen us the most.