Alter Your Attitude and You Can Alter Your Life

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When those hard times slap us around, we have to see them with the right attitude.  By doing this we will realize that they are altering our life for the good.

Here is the story of a butterfly to prove my point.

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 squeeze its body through the tiny hole.  Then it stopped, as if it couldn’t go further.

So the man decided to help the butterfly.  He took a pair of scissors and snipped off the remaining bits of cocoon.  The butterfly emerged easily but it had a swollen body and shriveled wings.

The man continued to watch it, expecting that any minute the wings would enlarge and expand enough to support the body.  Neither happened!  In fact the butterfly spent the rest of its life crawling around.  It was never able to fly.

What the man in his kindness and haste did not understand:

The restricting cocoon and the struggle required by the butterfly to get through the opening was a way of forcing the fluid from the body into the wings, so that it would be ready for flight once that was achieved.

Sometimes struggles are exactly what we need in our lives.  Going through life with no obstacles would cripple us.  We will not be as strong as we could have been and we would never fly.

I know those troubles can be tough, but they are worth it, so what are you waiting for, “Let’s all go celebrate them and learn to fly!”

 

 

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  1. Nancy Shields says:

    Very inspiring post my friend Debbie!

    We often want to help people go through the pain so they don’t have to hurt but in reality it’s the pain that gives us discipline and the courage to go forward. I often like to say, we have to feel the pain to go through the pain.

    Great analogy of the butterfly – sometimes we just have to be there for our friends to watch and listen to them without interruptions so they can fly!

    Here’s to flight,
    Nancy
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    • Debbie Bills
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      Hi Nancy,
      Thank you Nancy. Yes, we do have to feel the pain to go through it and then we learn and grow from it. As you bring out it is very important to just be a friend at times and listen, so someone can grow there wings and fly.,

      thank you and let us start flying.
      Debbie

  2. Yes Debbie,
    This is a classic story…..some struggles can only be overcome alone…..and for great benefit. Thankyou
    be good to yourself
    David

    • Debbie Bills
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      Hi David,

      I had never heard the story before. Guess there is always new things put in our path of life to learn. Have to love that. Thank you for sharing, David.
      You are appreciated,
      Debbie

  3. Dear Debbie –

    That is a wonderful old story that I had forgotten.

    It was nice to be reminded about it. Especially, for people like me who like to give “advice” to my children. (Read that control freak)

    I have a son who was very overweight and I was always bugging him.

    Then I completely stopped. Just loved him the way he was. A year ago.

    Suddenly – he went on a healthy diet and has lost over 60 lbs. He just bought a whole new wardrobe – nothing fit him.

    (Now if he would shave his beard)

    SHUT UP CORINNE.
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    • Debbie Bills
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      Hi Corinne,

      I answered these comments once, but I guess my site eat them, so I will try again.

      I know what you mean when it comes to giving advice. I have had to learn to just listen to my girls and only give advice when ask for. It is not easy. LOL

      Hope your son is having fun finding that new wardrobe. As for the beard, Steve has had one ever since I have known him. I really like it as long as he keeps it short. And I mean short. Maybe in time the look will grow on you. Just a thought.
      Hugs sweet lady and thank you for sharing,
      Debbie

  4. Debbie
    Interesting story – not heard that before. We go out of our way to avoid struggle and make life easier for ourselves. Always looking for some “magic bullet” to cure us of problems and difficulties.
    I’ll remeber the butterfly – perhaps put a picture of one in my office as a reminder. Thanks
    David
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    • Debbie Bills
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      Hi David,

      I also found the story very interesting, had never hear it before. It sure does make a lot of sense. It is really grate to learn from little stories. There is no “magic bullet” for life we just have to learn to grow with it and be happy. Happiness is what it is all about.
      Thank you for sharing and take care,
      Debbie

  5. Debbie, “troubles”, “hard times”, “struggles” … the best metaphor to me is the gym without weights, machines or anything else to exercise with and get a workout. Why would anyone go? Life without challenges and problems would be like that empty gym. Just like that butterfly in this most beautiful story of yours, in a life without “resistances” we’d develop no strength, no muscles, no wings to fly with.
    ~Beat
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    • Debbie Bills
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      Hi Beat,

      “troubles”, “hard times”, “struggles” … the best metaphor to me is the gym without weights, machines or anything else to exercise with and get a workout. Love this metaphor. It works for me. Thank you for adding it to the post. What more can I say, but let us all be grateful for troubles, hard times and struggles so we can fly,.
      Thanks again and have a great day,
      Debbie

  6. If you don’t have hard times, how do you know you’re having good times? Thanks for the reminder Debbie, it helps to think of the good times to get through the bad.

    • Debbie Bills
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      Hi Joel,

      You made me smile wit this,” If you don’t have hard times, how do you know you’re having good times?” Very true and I could not have said it better. Thanks Joel and have a good day. Love IT!
      Debbie

  7. I’ve heard that wonderful butterfly story before and it always reminds me to shift my attitude about the challenges I’ve faced in my life. Thanks for the reminder.

    • Debbie Bills
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      Hi Galen,

      You are welcome. Guess I have some catching up to do. I had never heard of the story before. It’s it great to learn new things. It sure puts a new look when it comes to the challenges in life. Have love that. We are more blessed than we realize.
      Thank you for stopping by and have a wonderful week end.
      Debbie

  8. Hi Debbie,

    Hope you’re doing well. I’ve heard that story before and it’s powerful everytime. We really do need to build our strength and sometimes that takes adversity.

    Thanks for the inspiration,

    Bryce

    • Debbie Bills
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      Hi Bryce,

      I am doing really great. Thank you for wondering. And you?

      You are very welcome for the reminder. Adversity does build character.
      Take care and have a wonderful weekend, blessings
      Debbie

  9. Wow! This is amazing and great timing too! I have been dealing with a lot in my life lately (mainly with school) and I think this was the story of encouragement that I needed to hear. Thanks for the great post as usual!

    • Debbie Bills
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      Hi Vic,

      You are very welcome, Vic. Glad that my timing was good. What ever obstacles you are going through you will come out on top, so don’t let them throw you. Tail spinning just make a person dizzy! LOL
      Thanks you for sharing and have a wonderful weekend.
      Debbie

  10. You’re so right, Debbie! I’m working lately on changing my stress levels, which is improving my attitude and life in general dramatically. It’s easy to see all stressful situations as bad. This is a good reminder that sometimes I need to push my way through and will be much better off in the end.

    • Debbie Bills
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      Hi Amy,

      Thank you! When i find my stress level going up, I just ask myself, “Is this really going to matter in a day, week or year from now.” From what i read on your blog when it comes to your boys you are doing a wonderful job. Stress is just like a mess in our home. We clean it up, sit back and say good job. With me I just put the stress in the proper place which is letting go of it and get along with the important parts of life.
      Thanks you Amy for sharing and blessings to you,
      Debbie

    • Debbie Bills
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      I just clicked on your site Amy, looking forward to seeing what you do with it. And thank you for mentioning me. I’ll be watch my email for the link to the new you!
      Debbie

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