The Parable of the Butterfly

The Parable of the Butterfly

“One day while walking through his garden, a man found a chrysalis hanging delicately from a branch. As he admired it, it started to move and a small opening appeared. The man enchanted, watched for hours as the Chrysalis moved frantically, the butterfly struggling to free itself from its confinement through the small opening. Then almost as suddenly the butterfly stopped, appearing as if it had gotten as far as it could go, and could go no further. The man feeling sorry for it decided to help the butterfly, and with a  small knife he gently slit open the chrysalis allowing the butterfly to emerge easily.

blue-morphoThe butterfly broke free, only to wilt over in a completely motionless state in his hand. Its tiny swollen body and shriveled wings withered and deformed. The man continued to watch expectantly, waiting for the moment the wings would unfurl, expand and enlarge enough to support the still limp body, enabling the butterfly to get up, but he waited in vain. Instead the butterfly spend the remainder of its short existence, crawling awkwardly, dragging its fragile body and shriveled wings and never able to fly.

What the man in his kindness, goodwill and haste failed to understand. The restrictive chrysalis and the struggle required for the butterfly to get through the small opening, is nature’s way of forcing the fluid from the swollen body into its wings. So that, the wings can then unfold and enable the butterfly to fly once it achieves its freedom.

We need struggles in our lives, if life would not contain obstacles it would cripple us. We would not be as strong as we could have been and would never be able to fly.” – Author Unknown

For 5 more beautiful lessons from a butterfly

The Butterfly

I asked for Strength, but I was given difficulties to make me Strong.

I asked for Wisdom, but I was given problems to Solve.

I asked for Prosperity, but I was given a brain and brawn to Work.

I asked for Courage, but I was given obstacles to Overcome.

I asked for Love, but I was given troubled people to Help.

I asked for Favors, but I was given Opportunities.

I received nothing I WANTED, instead I received everything I NEEDED.

The Old Man and The Butterfly – Fairy tale
The Lesson of The Butterfly – Paulo Coelho


The Parable of the Two Watchmakers

The Parable of the Two Watchmakers

Gabor-The Watchkaker-20x16-2011“There once were two watchmakers, named Bios and Mekhos, who made very fine watches. The phones in their workshops rang frequently; new customers were constantly calling them. However, Bios prospered while Mekhos became poorer and poorer. In the end, Mekhos lost his shop and worked as a mechanic for Bios. What was the reason behind this?

The watches consisted of about 1000 parts each. The watches that Mekhos made were designed such that, when he had to put down a partly assembled watch (for instance, to answer the phone), it immediately fell into pieces and had to be completely reassembled from the basic elements. On the other hand Bios designed his watches so that he could put together sub-assemblies of about ten components each. Ten of these sub-assemblies could be put together to make a larger sub-assembly. Finally, ten of the larger sub-assemblies constituted the whole watch. When Bios had to put his watches down to attend to some interruption they did not break up into their elemental parts but only into their sub-assemblies.

Now, the watchmakers were each disturbed at the same rate of once per hundred assembly operations. However, due to their different assembly methods, it took Mekhos four thousand times longer than Bios to complete a single watch.” 

 ~ Herbert Simon