Strength from the Struggle

As humans, we tend to have this innate reaction to avoid struggle. After all why would we want to struggle? Why would we want to go through pain, heartbreak, or disease? The answer which you have probably heard before, is that breaking through challenges make us stronger. Conquering break downs make us wiser. 

There is a quote by Eckart Tolle that speaks to this idea that says: “If you had not suffered as you have, there would be no depth to you as the human being.”

Embrace the struggle!

Then we have people who wish to save everyone from their personal struggle. Therefore robbing them of the growth and the gold that comes with the overcoming challenges. It is one thing to support someone  appropriately but it is not in the best interest of a person for you to save them. 

The story of the butterfly in the cocoon illustrates this perfectly. There once was a little butterfly who was tightly wrapped in a cocoon. As the butterfly grew, it knew it was time to breakthrough the cocoon. As the butterfly was squirming to break free, a young boy came by and saw the butterfly struggling. So the boy decided he was going to get a sharp little knife to carefully cut the cocoon therefore setting the butterfly free. 

As he cut open the cocoon the butterfly fell to the ground. The eager boy continued to watch, hoping that at any moment, the butterfly would open its wings and fly away. But nothing happened; in fact, the butterfly spent the rest of its brief life dragging around its weak body and undeveloped wings, incapable of flying.

Although the young boy’s intention was to help, he failed to realize that the tight cocoon and the efforts that the butterfly had to make in order to breakout were Nature’s way of training and developing the butterfly into it’s fullness.

As people, we are blessed to take challenges on, remembering that this is Nature’s way of preparing us. Connect with people and request support, but put in the effort. Because if you get the wrong kind of help, you could be left unprepared to get through the next chapter of struggle and you may never manages to fly off to your full greatness and potential. 

What struggles or challenges are you currently working through?

Joe BeckComment