The Butterfly Story

blue butterfly photo
A butterfly was trying to come out of a small hole that appeared in a cocoon.
A man sat and watched the butterfly struggling to come out.

To help the butterfly to come out without the struggle,
he took a small scissor and slit open the cocoon and the butterfly came out.

The man was very happy that he helped the butterfly
and waited for the butterfly to take its first flight of freedom.

Instead he noticed that the butterfly had a withered body and weak wings.
The butterfly was never able to fly and spent the rest of its life by crawling around.
wounded butterfly
The man did not understand that the struggle the butterfly goes through
is necessary for the strength to fly.

No matter how compelling it seems to intervene in an addict’s struggles –

Enabling Weakens, Encouraging Strengthens

Author Unknown