“If you want to be happy, be.” ~Leo Tolstoy
The Butterfly Struggle By Paulo Coelho
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.
Sometimes, a little extra effort is precisely what prepares us for the next obstacle to be faced. Anyone who refuses to make that effort, or gets the wrong sort of help, is left unprepared to fight the next battle and never manages to fly off to their destiny.
Dear Angels, this is an important lesson of life. There are no shortcuts to our lessons. Each one has a purpose and all are for our soul growth. Sometimes we think we can get there faster or that someone else can help take our burdens, but at the end of the day our lesson can only be learned if we go through the fire ourselves.
Dear Ones, in the tapestry of life, happiness is woven through the threads of gratitude, positive relationships, mindfulness, acceptance, passion, and kindness. It's a journey that requires a conscious effort to appreciate the present, celebrate life's imperfections, and nurture the connections that bring meaning to your existence. As you navigate the complexities of life, remember that happiness is not a destination but a way of being—a choice you make each day to find joy in the journey. Your experiences shape you. to try to circumvent any part of your struggle is to deny yourself the full growth available to you. As you navigate the challenges of life, view them not as impediments to your journey but rather as stepping stones toward the expansive realms of spiritual awakening.
Dear Angels, thank you. I love you. Namaste y’all.
Today, I promise to experience the full journey of life without the shortcuts.
Teri Angel is a Happiness Coach, energy healer, best-selling author, spiritual teacher and mentor, and a motivational speaker. Teri’s movement “Peas For Peace” involves strengthening our awareness of the oneness of all, unifying mankind through compassion, peace, love and joy. She was named "She Who Blesses the Sacred Land" during the Peace On Earth Tour and embraces that title with loving grace. Teri is also the co-founder of the global movement and non-profit organization Ten Million For World Peace.
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