Why Struggle is Essential for Growth (The Story of the Struggling Moth)

Why Struggle is Essential for Growth (The Story of the Struggling Moth)

A man found a cocoon of an emperor moth. He took it home so that he could watch the moth come out of the cocoon. On the day a small opening appeared, he sat and watched the moth for several hours as the moth struggled to force the 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. It just seemed to be stuck.

Then the man, in his kindness, decided to help the moth, so he took a pair of scissors and snipped off the remaining bit of the cocoon. The moth then emerged easily. But it had a swollen body and small, shriveled wings.

The man continued to watch the moth 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 little moth spent the rest of its life crawling around with a swollen body and shriveled wings. It was never 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 moth to get through the tiny opening, was the way of forcing fluid from the body of the moth into its wings so that it would be ready for flight once it achieved its freedom from the cocoon.

Freedom and flight would only come after the struggle. By depriving the moth of a struggle, he deprived the moth of it’s health and it’s freedom.

Sometimes struggles are exactly what we need in our life.

Anyone can give up when times are tough. Seriously, the easiest thing in the world is to give up when things aren’t going according to plan …but to hold it together when everyone else would understand if you quit, well… that’s true strength.

One of my favorite quotes is from Elisabeth Kübler-Ross…

“The most beautiful people I’ve known are those who have known trials, have known struggles, have known loss, and have found their way out of the depths.”

So this moth, as beautiful as it is, had to go through some major struggle to get here today and allow us to see it in all it’s glory.

Remember the Law of Rhythm as it states that everything is moving to and fro, flowing in and out, swinging backward and forward. There is a high and a low tide. Everything is flowing, both in and out, in accordance with this law.

So the next time you are going through a struggle, know that, “This too shall pass.”

When you are on a down swing, do not feel bad. Know the swing will change and things will get better.