I love bees (even though one stung me on my toe when I was a little girl). Bees are amazing and do so much good. Here are some interesting facts that I bet you didn’t know.
Each beehive contains 20-60,000 bees.
To produce just one pound of honey, the bees must collectively visit millions of flowers and travel the equivalent of 2 times around the world.
A bee’s life span is just a few weeks to 4 months. Can you imagine going twice around the world in that time? No wonder the phrase Busy Bee came to be.
A single bee contributes a mere 1/12 of a teaspoon.
Have you ever felt like a bee, buzzing to and fro in your busy life with not much to show for your efforts?
If you have, don’t despair. Look at the bigger picture. Even though each bee’s contribution is small, each is vital to the life of the hive. Bees depend on each other to do their share of the chores. Work that would overwhelm a few bees becomes lighter when all the bees do their part.
So it is with us. We don’t wear black and yellow stripes, nor do we buzz (well, maybe a few of us do if you’re drinking too much Red Bull). But we each have a small load to carry and if we learn from each other, serve each other, and remember that we’re all part of something bigger, then we’ll be united in purpose and great things can happen.
It’s when we get selfish that we start feeling insignificant. We cut ourselves off from others and buzz around a few solitary flowers, trying to find enough nectar to survive, but we’re only going to get 1/12 of a teaspoon. Pathetic.
When we are kind to others, our teaspoon fractions add up to delicious overflowing honey. We don’t have to wait for big things to pool our efforts (like natural disasters). We can make a difference each day through small, compassionate acts (a smile, a kind word, a listening ear). Think of what a great impact millions of these acts done around the world each day would make.
Bees help me remember to:
Service doesn’t have to be grand or hard to do. Bees focus on one flower at a time and give their best efforts. What do we focus on most? Wouldn’t it be great if we used prayer to ask God to guide us each day in recognizing opportunities to serve others—to help us keep the right focus in life so we aren’t useless like wasps? (I don’t like wasps)
Spring is in the air, and the honeybees will be out in a few months too. When you see them focusing on their work, I hope you’ll let them remind you to focus on yours too, and reach out in kindness to someone each day. Your life will be sweet if you do.