Jan 18, 2010

If you don't have wings, make one: an EmperOr mOth's stOry


The Emperor Moth as its name suggests is the most majestic species among all the moths. It has a wide wings spanning out majestically when it flies. Before it can become a full grown moth, it has to be a pupa in a cocoon. Now, the very interesting fact about the Emperor Moth's cocoon is that the neck of the cocoon is especially narrow.

In order that it can become a moth, the pupa of this Emperor Moth must first squeeze its way out of the narrow neck. One day while watching a "poor" pupa trying to struggle its way out of the cocoon, a 'kind' scientist decided to help by using a scalpel to cut and widen the neck so that it would be easier for the pupa to come out. sure enough the pupa came out without much struggle, but the poor moth was not able to fly when it came out. It could only crawl on the ground. After a few days it died crawling on the ground instead of spending its life flying in the sky with its majestic wings!

It was later found out that in order for it to be able to fly it has to undergo the process where it struggles and squeezes its way out of the narrow eck because it is through this "squeezing" process that the fluid is being pumped into the veins of the wings making it strong enough to be able to fly when it comes out.

Well, the struggles of life, the heartaches, the pains are all a necessity if you want to be great. So, instead of cursing and swearing, understand and cherish them while you are experiencing them as they part of the making of a man....

from Dare to Fail: Billi Lim

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