A man found a cocoon of an emperor moth. He took it home so
that he could watch the moth come out of the cocoon.
On that day a small opening appeared. He sat and watched the
moth for several hours as the moth struggled to force the
body through that little hole. Then it seemed to stop making
any progress. It appeared as if it had gotten as far as it
could and it could go no farther. It just seemed to be
The man decided to help the moth, so he took a pair of
scissors and snipped off the remaining bit of the cocoon.
The moth then emerged easily, but it had a swollen body and
small, shriveled wings. The man continued to watch the moth
because he expected that, at any moment, the wings would
enlarge and expand to be able to support the body, which
would contract in time. Neither happened. In fact, the
little moth spent the rest of its life crawling around with
a swollen body and shriveled wings. It was never able to
What the man in his kindness and haste did not understand
was that the restricting cocoon and the struggle required
for the moth to get through the tiny opening was nature's
way of forcing the fluid from its body into its wings so
that it would be ready for flight once it achieved its
freedom from the cocoon. Freedom and flight would only come
after the struggle.
By depriving the moth of a struggle, he deprived the moth of
health. Sometimes struggles are exactly what we need in our
life. If we were to go through our life without any
obstacles, we would be crippled. We would not be as strong
as what we could have been had we given our difficulties a
chance to change us.