A man, an avid gardener saw a small butterfly laying few eggs in one of his pots in the garden. Since that day he started looking at egg with ever growing curiosity and eagerness.
Slowly the egg started to move and shake a little. He was excited to see a new life coming upright in front of his eyes.
He spent hours watching the egg. Now the egg started to expand and develop cracks.
A tiny head and antennae started to come out so slowly.
The man’s excitement knew no bounds. He got his magnifying glasses and sat to watch the life and body of caterpillar (larva) coming out.
He saw the struggle of the tender caterpillar and could not resist his urge to help caterpillar to come out.
The larva had a oversized and kept crawling along in the pot for the full 4 weeks and died.
He went and brought a tender forceps to help the egg break, a nip here, and a nip there to help the struggling life and the caterpillar came out.
The man was overwhelmed with joyful excitement.
He now waited each day for the caterpillar to grow and fly a beautiful butterfly. But, that never happened.
Depressed the man went to his botanist friend and asked the reason.
His friend told him the struggle to break out of the egg helps the larva to send blood to its wings to remain small, so that the tender wings can support it through its four weeks of life cycle. In his eagerness the man destroyed a beautiful life.
Struggles help all of us, that’s why some effort goes a long way to develop our strengths.
Are we allowing our children to grow naturally so that they can face difficulties in their life? Or ‘helping’ like gardener?