I checked on our beehives last week. One hive is energetically moving and several others look like they didn’t survive the winter. It is sad to see.
They are amazing little creatures, so directed and so intent on doing what they are designed to do. Each one works hard and contributes to the success of the hive. I won’t look up the statistics of how much pollen each bee gathers or how many thousands of bees it takes to produce a gallon of honey.
What I want to say, is that I love the harmony and synchronicity of the colony. I love seeing the globs of pollen covering the bees legs as they go from flower to flower, especially when they are swarming around my lavender plants. They are fun to watch as they come and go, to and from the hive boxes, laden with their days work.
To me, there’s a happy sound to bees. It’s a sound of sunshine and life and hope and security. It makes me think of clover and petunias and alyssum and the warm days ahead.
Seems that there is always so much to observe and to think about in nature. After I saw the bees, I got to thinking about their single-mindedness. Wow, what would that be like? Probably not ever happening for us to that degree, but thought provoking nonetheless.
Think of the things that stop your momentum. A negative thought? A fear? The temptation to be discouraged or overwhelmed? How about feeling unappreciated? That’s a show-stopper isn’t it? How about just not knowing what to do next or feeling conflicted about knowing what is most important to do with the time you have?
We of course have all of these choices to make, while the little bees are instinctively doing what they are designed to do! No distraction for them! No turning their attention to what the other insects are up to. No comparing their pollen collection with the next bee and no landing somewhere and deciding not to go on because they think they just can’t compete.
No lobbying to be a worker or a drone or feeling put out because they didn’t have a say in the job they were assigned…
So while there is not much comparison between people and insects, I wonder what it would be like to live a day with complete bee-like focus? With a pre-determined course of action that benefits my “hive;” simply going about my work with no other thought than to be myself, do my work, and enjoy the sun?
What do you think? Is it possible? I mean to have a plan. To know what is next. To keep a vision in view and enjoy the clarity of knowing your calling. Of being even more “yourself” than you were yesterday. Of turning a blind eye and a deaf ear to the sales pitch of society when it says you need to be X size and Y accomplished and Z toned, tan and starting another business. What if just enjoying a sandwich on the back steps with a little person, while watching bees buzz and birds fly by, and being present, was all that is required of you in that hour? And what if you knew what needed to be done in the afternoon and it included resting and cooking and reading and teaching and you could do that with joy?
I wish you many days ahead that are ringing with clarity! Because that clarity weeds out the distractions and sweeps away the time-killing doubts. And most of all, it will guard against the pain of regret later on.
Get clear and stay clear!
All my love!
P.S. The Lioness planner is close to ready! If you’re interested in making plans and getting clear on your priorities, Lioness-style, let me know!