The easier vs. the right way

by Hajdi Kostova on 10th January, 2013 at 1:43 PM CEST

“A man found a cocoon of a butterfly. One day a small opening appeared and the butterfly struggled to squeeze its body through the tiny hole for several hours.  So the man 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 so it spent the rest of its life crawling around unable to fly. What the man did not know is that 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 able to fly. Sometimes struggles are exactly what we need in our lives. Otherwise we would not be as strong as we could have been and we would never fly.”

Each day we come across obstacles. Small, bigger and sometimes ones that we think we can’t overcome. We feel trapped, or we just don’t care enough to overcome them. We convince ourselves that we need help, we convince other people they need our help and so on. And we always seem to be looking for the easiest way to go through life. 

Don’t get me wrong, there is nothing wrong in doing things simple and easy, look for help when we feel it’s needed. What I want to talk about today is what’s the easier way short term and long term. Short term, it would be easier for us throw trash wherever we please, but in long term, it would stack up until one day we have to take a shovel and remove it all. So in a long term, it would be easier to just do the right thing and throw the trash in the bin in the first place. 

This applies to almost every aspect of life. We procrastinate and then we finish our projects just before the deadline (or we miss the deadline all together), we destroy the environment even though we have no other planet to live on. It appears that we choose the “easiest way” in the short term, but we later realize that the right way was not always the easiest way. 

When we don’t know how to do something, we look for help. And there may be someone to help us once, twice, many times.. But there will come a time when there’s no one around. It’s easy to let someone else help us (read: do our job) but we gain nothing from this in the long term. Sometimes choosing the easier way (short term) can cripple us. We do not learn new things; we do not gain new strengths and skills. And we might even make things worse.  

Each day we face the choice between what is right and what is easy. The right way leaves us with a clear conscience, teaches us many new things and ‘squeezes the fluid from our bodies  into the wings so that we would be able to fly’. Take the right way.

Hajdi, Writers Action Team #9

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Ana Mihajloska

Ana Mihajloska | Action team

Wonderfully put, Hajdi. We will most probably encounter many obstacles while trying to walk the right path, but the feeling of accomplishment will be more than a sufficient reward. Kudos!

13th January, 2013 @ 8:38 PM CEST

Engy Saleh

Engy Saleh

let me please congratulate you on this great writing, it's very straightforwad and inspiring :)
I particularly liked the example that you gave with the butterfly, it succeeded in delivering the meaning very accurately
Thank you for such a piece :)

17th January, 2013 @ 9:04 AM CEST

Oluwatumininu Solange Akinloye

Oluwatumininu Solange Akinloye

One thing that remains and will forever remain constant in life is CHANGE. The butterfly illustration interpreted this very well. Many at times, the easiest way is not the right way and will therefore not produce the right result nor the desired outcome. Many at times also, the right way usually tends to be the toughest and longest route to the answer; but the good news is: It always produces the right, accurate and perfect result. In a way to answer a "Question" please do it the right way and not the easiest way which could be very tempting at times.
Keep up the spirit :)

17th February, 2013 @ 4:12 PM CEST

sahril kasim

sahril kasim

i definitely agree with you :) it's all not about the result or destination but it's all about the process and the journey :)

27th February, 2013 @ 10:37 AM CEST

Muhammad Ali Ali

Muhammad Ali Ali

i am also definitely agree with you!!!!!!!!

You rightly explain the process!!!!!!! with an interesting way!

5th March, 2013 @ 5:45 PM CEST

Hitesh Thakkar

Hitesh Thakkar

Good one

6th April, 2013 @ 7:20 PM CEST

Chourouq HAISNI

Chourouq HAISNI | Action team

I completely agree the easy way is not always the right way! and it is always better to take the right path than to wait for things to go your way (which never happens)

We should not try to down play things If you want it done well do it right and do it yourself

Great artcle!

7th April, 2013 @ 8:58 PM CEST

Reshu Bashyal

Reshu Bashyal

Wonderful description!!! I’m really very impressed by how simply as well as beautifully you've presented your writing. The topic as well as the message you want to deliver, both are just mind-blowing. The illustration of butterfly as well as the second picture both is just to the point.
Great work, congrats!!!

8th April, 2013 @ 10:14 AM CEST

Anna Iv

Anna Iv | Action team

I couldn't agree more on this! You've put it brilliantly. And I can only say that it is not about the destination, it is about the journey that teaches us valuable lessons, and changes us.

The butterfly picture is beautiful and fits the article perfectly. Cheers!

8th April, 2013 @ 7:33 PM CEST

Hajdi Kostova

Hajdi Kostova | Action team

Thank you all for your inspiring feedback :)
I'm looking forward to seeing some of you as Action Team Writers and reading your articles.
All the best,

10th April, 2013 @ 6:19 AM CEST

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