Thriving in Tough Times




As I watch the federal government printing money to bail out individual companies and entire industries, I am frustrated.  I see the motives behind the bail outs, and understand them.  After all, none of us truly embrace or want to struggle.  None of us want to agonize through difficult circumstances, especially when the future is uncertain.  However, when we create an economic structure that doesn’t allow failure, we create one that also doesn’t support true success.  When we avoid the “struggle” we aren’t able to grow. 

Think about this.  If our great nation had never struggled, endured costly battles and REALLY tough times, we would still be paying taxes to the Queen of England.   What would our country be like if Harriet Tubman, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and Abraham Lincoln had not struggled and persisted toward their goal? 

I am reminded of a story I heard once about a butterfly.  I will do my best to recreate the story here:  The young boy, excited about his new pet, watched every day, waiting for the butterfly to emerge. One day it happened!!  A small hole appeared in the cocoon and the butterfly started to struggle to come out. While at first excited, the boy quickly became worried and distraught.  The butterfly was really struggling to get out.  It wiggled and writhed, looking desperate to be freed from its cocoon and making very little progress. 

Determined to help, the boy grabbed a pair of scissors and snipped a small hole in the cocoon to quickly release his precious butterfly.  Of course, when the butterfly emerged, it looked different than he expected.  It had a large body and small, shriveled wings.  He continued to watch for signs of growth and improvement.  When would the butterfly spread its beautiful wings and fly?

Never.  The butterfly was never able to fly.  Later the boy learned that the butterfly was designed to GROW in the struggle and that as it pushes through the tiny opening in the cocoon, fluid is pushed out fo is body and into its wings.  Without the struggle, the butterfly would never fly. 

 As we navigate tough times in our nation, businesses, organizations, marriages, or in life in general, let’s remind each other that it is in the STRUGGLE that we learn to FLY!!


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