The Struggle

A man found a cocoon of a butterfly. One day a small opening appeared. He sat and watched 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 go no further. So the man decided to help the butterfly. He took a pair of scissors and snipped off the remaining bit of the cocoon. The butterfly then emerged easily. But it had a swollen body and small, shriveled wings. The man continued to watch the butterfly because he expected that, at any moment, the wings would enlarge and expand to be able to support the body, which would contract in time. Neither happened! In fact, the butterfly spent the rest of its life crawling around with a swollen body and shriveled wings. It never was able to fly. What the man, in his kindness and haste, did not understand was that the restricting cocoon and the struggle required for the butterfly to get through the tiny opening were NATURE’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 lives. If WE went through our lives without any obstacles, it would cripple us. We would not be as strong as what we could have been. We could never fly!

I asked for Strength......... And LIFE gave me Difficulties to make me strong.

I asked for Wisdom...... I asked for Prosperity..... And I was given Brain and Brawn to work.

I asked for Courage......... And I was given Danger to overcome.

I asked for Love......... And I was given Troubled people to help.

I asked for Favors......... And life gave me Opportunities.

I received nothing I wanted ........ I received everything I needed!


At Dawson County High School we are here to see every student get the most out of their ability. There will moments of achievement and there will be moments of failure, but the staff here stands by to help you achieve your goals. Embrace the challenges you face to become the best you can be!

Spencer Johnson