A man spent hours watching a butterfly struggling to emerge from its cocoon. It managed to make a small hole, but its
body was too large to get through it.
After a long struggle, it appeared to be exhausted and remained absolutely still. The man decided to help the butterfly and, with a pair of scissors, he cut open the cocoon, thus releasing the butterfly.
However, the butterfly’s body was very small and wrinkled and its wings were all crumpled. The man continued to watch, hoping that, at any moment, the butterfly would open its wings and fly away. Nothing happened; in fact, the butterfly spent the rest of its brief life dragging around its shrunken body and shriveled wings, incapable of flight.
What the man – out of kindness and his eagerness to help – had failed to understand was that the tight cocoon and the efforts that the butterfly had to make in order to squeeze out of that tiny hole were Nature’s way of training the butterfly and of strengthening its wings.
- Excerpt from Paulo Coelho “The Lesson of the Butterfly”
The chaos of Monday Mayhem may place you in what you think is a cocoon and limit your ability to move around or make it through to the next day. What you must understand is that you were placed in the situation for a reason. It is up to you to develop a strategy on how to get out of the cocoon and allow your wings to fly. If you allow yourself to be consumed by your studies, work or decisions that need to be made then you will not be able to make it through the tight hole of time. You must take the lessons that need to be learned from the experience, strengthen your mind and spread your wings. Obstacles are created to strengthen the person going through them.