"Zen teaches nothing; it merely enables us to wake up and become aware. It does not teach, it points." ~D.T. Suzuki

Monday, November 2, 2020

Love Life Enough To Struggle

Love Life 
to Struggle
Once upon a time, 
a man found a butterfly
that was starting to hatch
from it's cocoon.
He sat down 
and watched the butterfly for hours
as it struggled to free itself 
through a tiny hole.
Then, it stopped making progress 
and appeared to be stuck.
The man
decided to help the butterfly out.

He took a pair of scissors
and gentle cut the rest of the cocoon.
The butterfly then emerged, easily,
but it had a bloated body
and tiny shriveled wings.
The man thought nothing of it
and sat there
waiting for the wings to enlarge
and support the butterfly.
However, that never happened.

The butterfly
spent the rest of it's life unable to fly,
crawling around
with a swollen body and small wings.

Despite the man's kind heart,
he didn't understand
that the restricting cocooon
and the struggle by the butterfly
to get itself out of the hole
were nature's way of forcing fluids
from the body into it's wings
to prepare itself for flying
once it was free.
"A fallen flower returning to the branch?
It was a butterfly."

Arakida Moritake
So it's important for all of us
to tackle our challenges.

If you never struggle
you'll never grow and get stronger.

You can do it...
And it will be good for you.

You're a butterfly
And butterflies are free to fly
Someone Saved My Life Tonight (Live)
Elton John
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© 2020 MU-Peter Shimon