One spring a young girl found a cocoon in her garden. Inside there was a butterfly struggling to break free. For hours she watched it strain its tiny limbs against the sides, making no progress. And she cried for the little creature.
Finally the girl went inside and found some scissors. She carefully cut an opening in the cocoon. And the butterfly emerged easily, too easily. It looked strange. Its body was swollen and its wings were shriveled. It would never fly.
Years later, she understood that the butterfly needs to struggle to free itself. The work of straining against the cocoon allows her to grow her wings and become her true self.