The Ant and the Chrysalis – Appearances can be Deceiving

 

I’m gonna share with you my version of one of Aesop’s fables entitled “The Ant and the Chrysalis”.

Let me begin by mentioning that a chrysalis is what most people mistakenly think of as a butterfly’s cocoon, when, in reality, a chrysalis is actually a moth or a butterfly pupa that’s enclosed in a hardened, protective case. But for the purpose of this story, simply imagine the chrysalis as the thing that the butterfly hatches out of.

Now that I’ve got us all on the same page: One day, an ant was running around looking for some food when it came across a chrysalis that was only days away from becoming a butterfly. The chrysalis moved its tail, and the ant realized that it was alive.

As the ant examined the chrysalis, she said, “You poor, pitiful animal. What a sad fate. I’m free to run wherever I want, while you’re tied to that twig, imprisoned in your shell and barely able to move.”

The chrysalis heard all of this, but didn’t make any effort to reply.

A few days later, the ant passed by again and noticed that there was nothing left but an empty shell. As the ant was wondering what had become of its contents, she suddenly felt herself being shaded and fanned by the gorgeous wings of a beautiful butterfly. 

The butterfly then said to the ant, “Behold, I’m the one who you pitied. I’m the one to whom you boasted that you were free to run wherever you wished. You can boast all you want, but appearances can be deceiving, and it’s not wise to compare yourself to others.”

And with this, the butterfly flapped it’s wings, caught a soft summer breeze, experienced a freedom that the ant could only dream of, and that was the last time the ant saw that particular butterfly.

Isn’t that a good reminder that appearances can be deceiving and that it’s not wise to compare yourself to others?!

There’s an ancient saying that goes like this: We wouldn’t dare to compare ourselves with those who tell us how great they are, because whenever people measure themselves by their own standards or compare themselves among themselves, they show how foolish they really are. 

Let’s face it, human nature is such that if we compare ourselves with somebody else, we usually choose those who aren’t as good as we are, because this makes us feel good about ourselves, and if by chance, we compare ourselves with someone who’s better than we, it usually makes us feel inferior.

So with this in mind, remember that appearances can be deceiving, and that it’s not wise to compare yourself with others.

Of course, I assume that this is something that you understand and that you practice, because you are a winner, and given enough time, you WILL win! Yes, you ARE a winner!

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Full Transcript:

Hi, this is Don Howe, and the topic for this Golden Nugget is “Appearances can be Deceiving”, and I’m gonna share with you my version of one of Aesop’s fables entitled “The Ant and the Chrysalis”.

Let me begin by mentioning that a chrysalis is what most people mistakenly think of as a butterfly’s cocoon, when, in reality, a chrysalis is actually a moth or a butterfly pupa that’s enclosed in a hardened, protective case. But for the purpose of this story, simply imagine the chrysalis as the thing that the butterfly hatches out of.

Now that I’ve got us all on the same page: One day, an ant was running around looking for some food when it came across a chrysalis that was only days away from becoming a butterfly. The chrysalis moved its tail, and the ant realized that it was alive.

As the ant examined the chrysalis, she said, “You poor, pitiful animal. What a sad fate. I’m free to run wherever I want, while you’re tied to that twig, imprisoned in your shell and barely able to move.”

The chrysalis heard all of this, but didn’t make any effort to reply.

A few days later, the ant passed by again and noticed that there was nothing left but an empty shell. As the ant was wondering what had become of its contents, she suddenly felt herself being shaded and fanned by the gorgeous wings of a beautiful butterfly. 

The butterfly then said to the ant, “Behold, I’m the one who you pitied. I’m the one to whom you boasted that you were free to run wherever you wished. You can boast all you want, but appearances can be deceiving, and it’s not wise to compare yourself to others.”

And with this, the butterfly flapped it’s wings, caught a soft summer breeze, experienced a freedom that the ant could only dream of, and that was the last time the ant saw that particular butterfly.

Isn’t that a good reminder that appearances can be deceiving and that it’s not wise to compare yourself to others?!

There’s an ancient saying that goes like this: We wouldn’t dare to compare ourselves with those who tell us how great they are, because whenever people measure themselves by their own standards or compare themselves among themselves, they show how foolish they really are. 

Let’s face it, human nature is such that if we compare ourselves with somebody else, we usually choose those who aren’t as good as we are, because this makes us feel good about ourselves, and if by chance, we compare ourselves with someone who’s better than we, it usually makes us feel inferior.

So with this in mind, remember that appearances can be deceiving, and that it’s not wise to compare yourself with others.

Of course, I assume that this is something that you understand and that you practice, because you are a winner, and given enough time, you WILL win! Yes, you ARE a winner!

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