Once there was a man who happened across the cocoon of a butterfly.
And one day, while staring at the cocoon he noticed a small
opening appear, and so he sat and watched and over the next several hours he observed in amazement as a butterfly struggled to force its body through that little, tiny hole.
At one point it stopped making any further progress, and to the man, it appeared as if the butterfly had gotten about as far as it could through that hole and could go no farther. It was at this point the man decided he would help the butterfly, so he took a pair of scissors and snipped off the remaining bit of the cocoon, and by doing so the butterfly was free to emerge easily.
Yes, it was free now but unfortunately, its body was very swollen and its wings were very small and shriveled. He continued to watch the butterfly expecting that, at any moment, the wings would enlarge and expand to be able to support the body, which would contract in time.
But neither happened!
In fact, the butterfly spent the rest of its life crawling around with a swollen body and shriveled wings.
And..... it never was able to fly.
What the man, in his kindness and haste, failed to understand was that the restricting cocoon and ensuing struggle to get through the tiny opening were life's way of forcing fluid from the body of the butterfly into its wings so that it would be ready for flight once it achieved its freedom from the cocoon.
Ladies and Gentlemen, we may face a similar struggle with our own growth, if we're always looking outward for someone to help us, searching for another book to read with the answers or a truly amazing person to mimic and achieve similar results from.
Please, take to heart - YOU ARE ENOUGH.
You are smart enough.
You are strong enough.
You are brave enough.
You are _______ enough. You fill in the blank.
What you may lack is the belief and confidence in yourself that you ARE already enough. The challenge is that our society is set up to highlight what you do wrong, what you say wrong and this can lead to you feeling like you ARE wrong.
But you're not.
You just need practice being enough and becoming stronger in that belief. Say those words to yourself, 'I am enough', until it becomes natural and you believe it in your core.
Life, then, is like our cocoon. It SHOULD be hard, and at times it will be hard. We NEED for it at times to be hard, because it's what strengthens us.
But do not make it harder by believing you're unworthy of becoming that butterfly or, leaving your shell behind.
Because you are worthy and You Are Enough.