Poem – “The Butterfly”

During the past couple of weeks I have had many ‘ah-ha’ moments. It has simply been amazing and I am so grateful for them all – especially the one that goes back to when I was 3 years of age. I didn’t realise the deep belief I was holding and how that belief has shaped my life. It really feels so good to have this learning and now I can really be myself – even if it shows my vulnerability!

So to celebrate – I thought I would share this poem with you. I am not sure who the author is, however if you do, please let me know! xx


Poem – “The Butterfly”

”One day, a small opening appeared in a cocoon; a man sat and watched for the butterfly for several hours as it struggled to force its 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 not go any further. So the man decided to help the butterfly: he took a pair of scissors and opened the cocoon. The butterfly then emerged easily. But it had a withered body, it was tiny and shrivelled wings. The man continued to watch because he expected that, at any moment, the wings would open, enlarge and expand, to be able to support the butterfly’s body, and become firm. Neither happened! In fact, the butterfly spent the rest of its life crawling around with a withered body and shrivelled wings. It never was able to fly. What the man, in his kindness and his goodwill did not understand was that the restricting cocoon and the struggle required for the butterfly to get through the tiny opening, were God’s way of forcing fluid from the body of the butterfly into its wings, so that it would be ready for flight once it achieved its freedom from the cocoon. Sometimes, struggles are exactly what we need in our life.

If God allowed us to go through our life without any obstacles, it would cripple us. We would not be as strong as we could have been. Never been able to fly.

I asked for Strength… and God gave me difficulties to make me strong. I asked for Wisdom… and God gave me problems to solve. I asked for prosperity… and God gave me a brain and brawn to work. I asked for Courage….. and God gave me obstacles to overcome. I asked for Love… and God gave me troubled  people to help. I asked for Favours… and God gave me opportunities. I received nothing I wanted… But I received everything I needed.”

Live life without fear, confront all obstacles and know that you can overcome them.


Over to You…

Please note – you may like to substitute God for the Source, universe or whatever speaks to you.

Thanks for reading, Jane xx

You can download this poem here.



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  • Rose Schape-Self

    Reply Reply June 22, 2016

    I really wish I could have printed out this poem. I read it at a friends funeral yesterday and have been asked for copies which now I cannot do. Why do you not have the capabilities to print on this site?

    • Jane

      Reply Reply June 22, 2016

      Hi Rose – thanks for your comment – you can download the poem above 🙂 Warm wishes, Jane

      • Mell

        Reply Reply April 17, 2018

        Jane. I’m looking for the name of the singer that wrote this. Your poem of the story is exactly his lyrics.

        He was singing about a when he was a boy he tried to help a butterfly by cutting open the hole a little bigger but ended up hurting it instead because God made it that way. I don’t remember the lyrics but I feel like maybe you Hurd the song and then wrote a poem about the story he told old. If you could let me know. I really really want the name of him. He also sings a song about a old Ford truck and that I do know the entire lyrics too but not the name of the song or the guy.

        I would greatly appreciate it.
        Thanks mell

        • Jane

          Reply Reply April 20, 2018

          Thanks for the comment Mell – sorry I don’t know of the song. If you find it, can you please let me know?

          • Laleh

            November 20, 2018

            Hi every one. This is called The Lesson Of The Butterfly by Paulo Cohelo.

          • Jane

            November 21, 2018

            Oh you are amazing Laleh – thank you 🙂

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