The recent spring weather, the blossoming of many shrubs and flowers has brought about the return of bees. I have been noticing just how faithfully these little creatures live up to their label of being “as busy as a bee”. For such tiny creatures, their work rate is phenomenal and their value to the economy is amazing.
It is estimated that pollination by domesticated honey bees is involved in the production of over 70 per cent of the world’s crops and that the global economic value is approximately €265 billion.
These interesting little creatures have much to teach us, when we reflect on how they live and work.
They are great examples of Team Work.
Each bee in the hive knows their job and works for the good of the hive. Everyone knows the ‘Queen Bee’ is the team leader and respects her role.
Ego has no place in the hive. While honeybees may gather their pollen alone, focusing on their own individual work and not comparing with others, they know that they are part of a bigger picture. Bees do not engage in the ‘comparison trap’.
Comparison is the thief of joy
Bees have incredible symbiotic relationships with plants; they mutually support each other. As the bee gathers nectar from the flower to make honey, it simultaneously transfers pollen from one flower to another, allowing the flower to reproduce.
Though bees may seem small and insignificant, their contribution is enormous.
…The world was really one bee yard, and the same rules work fine in both places. Don’t be afraid, as no life-loving bee wants to sting you. Still, don’t be an idiot; wear long sleeves and pants. Don’t swat. Don’t even think about swatting. If you feel angry, whistle. Anger agitates while whistling melts a bee’s temper. Act like you know what you’re doing, even if you don’t. Above all, send the bees love. Every little thing wants to be loved.”
Sue Monk Kidd
Remember, your contribution is neither small nor insignificant, no matter how unimportant it may seem to you at times.
What is your unique and special gift that you are called to contribute and share with others in this world?