Anisa the Butterfly was in an elated mood. She was enjoying the pleasant weather and flying through the park.
Suddenly, a bumble bee appeared in front of Anisa. Anisa got afraid, and changed her way. She turned around and saw that some more bumble bees were following her.
She tried to fly faster, however the bumble bees reached her.
Two of them blocked her way. “Why are they following me? What do they want from me? Have I ever done any wrong to them that they are here to take revenge?” Millions of such thoughts started crossing her mind.
She remembered her friends complaining of the troubles caused to them by those bumble bees. They were suffering because of the harm caused by the bumble bees. She slowed down as the bumble bees approached her.
The bumble bees surrounded Anisa. She was startled and couldn’t speak a word. One of the bumble bees went ahead and caught hold of her wing. Anisa found it difficult to move. All she did was look at the bees with helpless eyes and wonder what they were going to do with her. She looked around but there was no one who could rescue her. The bumble bees made fun of Anisa and laughed at her. Anisa was on the verge of crying.
After troubling Anisa by surrounding her and blocking her path for a while, the bumble bees flew away.
Anisa breathed a sigh of relief. She was no more in danger, however she kept thinking about the incident over and over again. She also kept brooding over the fact that the other butterflies were facing the same situation daily.
She thought, “Why is it that we do not have the freedom to be safe like others? Why can’t we fly wherever we want without anyone harassing us? Is this what the society is made for?
Why can’t our society think of taking appropriate steps to curb these practices?”
Anisa was weeping inconsolably. She had intended to enjoy the pleasant climate but ended up spoiling her day instead.
There was a tiny rose plant who had witnessed the entire episode. He looked at Anisa and called out to her, “Why are you weeping? Come here. Sit on the rose petal.”
Anisa sat on one of the petals. She immediately fluttered her wings and got up from there.
“Why did you get up?” asked the plant.
“These thorns hurt me,” replied Anisa.
The plant smiled and asked, “How are my flowers?”
“Very beautiful! Very soft! Very delicate!” replied Anisa.
The plant said, “So when these delicate flowers can protect themselves, then why can’t you?”
“What do you mean?” asked Anisa.
“You have to change with circumstances,” replied the plant, “These buds were as delicate as you are. They too were troubled by others. They learnt to defend themselves with the thorns. One should change according to the need of the hour. You are delicate, beautiful and soft, but you should become strong when someone tries to take advantage of your innocence.
You will have to fight your battle alone. Don’t depend on others to come to your rescue every time. Be strong and courageous. You cannot live a helpless and a dependent life. The wind changes its direction, the climate keeps changing, time too changes continuously. Similarly, you have to adapt to changing circumstances. Have strength and courage to fight the injustice. And that will enable you to experience real freedom.”
Anisa realised that she had to help herself and find solutions to her problems.
She said to the plant, “Thank you, friend. You have shown me the right path. I have no complaints against anyone now.”
Anisa said this and flew high in the air with happiness and cheer. Her flight indicated that she was confident enough to defend herself and had no worries. She was indeed free!