Fathers Day Wisdom

In honor of Fathers Day, I’m sharing this story that has helped and guided me in raising my own kids…

A man found a cocoon of a butterfly. One day a small opening appeared. He sat and watched the butterfly for several hours as it struggled to force its 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 further. So the man decided to help the butterfly. He took a pair of scissors and snipped off the remaining bit of the cocoon.

The butterfly then emerged easily. But it had a swollen body and small, shriveled wings. The man continued to watch the butterfly 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 butterfly spent the rest of its life crawling around with a swollen body and shriveled wings. It never was able to fly. What the man, in his kindness and haste, did not understand was that the restricting cocoon and the struggle required for the butterfly to get through the tiny opening were God’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.

I think the message here is pretty clear….. it’s important that we do everything we can to help smother and micro-manage our children, taking every step imaginable to ensure they never fully develop the skills to exist and excel in society. I think we can all agree it’s much better to have a crippled child with undeveloped wings and a freakishly swollen body – rather than loosening their shackles and allowing them to grow and learn important life lessons on their own….

Have a Great Day

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