Dear Tanja,wrote...."Please do send more - do you have something which is a bit longer but similarly insightful? .... Sth like 250 words?"

So here is another story with 206 words...again about a butterfly, I think that butterflies are a symbol of change..sth. to think about.

The Lesson of the Butterfly

A man looked at a cocoon of a butterfly.
One day a small opening appeared on the cocoon.
The man sat and watched for a few hours at the butterfly and the efforts it made to let its body through that little opening.
Suddenly, the butterfly stopped advancing.
It seemed to be moving as it could and could not move anymore, so the man decided to help the butterfly.
He took a pair of scissors and opened the cocoon.
The butterfly then emerged easily, but his body was withered and shriveled wings.
The man continued to watch, expecting that at any moment, the wings would open, enlarge and will be deployed - and thus they will support the butterfly's body.
But it did not happen! In fact, the butterfly spent the rest of its life crawling around with a withered body and shriveled wings.
He never was able to fly.
The man, who thought to help with his grace and goodness, did not understand that the cocoon was compressed and the butterfly struggled to get out, were the process that drives fluid from the butterfly's body into its wings so he could fly once it achieved its freedom from the cocoon.

Sometimes, struggles are exactly what we need in our lives.How do you as a teacher help your Ss in their struggles?
Thank you,
Sharona.

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