This is a story by an unknown author about the secret lives of bees.
Today, I visited my dad, an avid beekeeper. He proudly showed me the abundant honey from his hives. But amidst this, we noticed three bees, overwhelmed and sticky in a 5-gallon honey bucket. Concerned, I suggested we help them.
Initially hesitant, my dad remembered his own teachings about easing suffering and agreed.
We carefully transferred the bees to an empty Chobani yogurt container and placed it outside. The hive, already bustling from earlier honey collection activities, buzzed with activity.
When we set the struggling bees on a bench in their container, their hive mates, all female, rallied around them. It was a remarkable display of communal support; they meticulously cleaned the honey off their struggling companions.
Returning later, we found only one bee left, still receiving diligent care from her sisters.
Their unwavering commitment to each other’s wellbeing, their ability to work collectively for a common cause, is a message from Nature about unity.
In the thick of it, the hive’s bees, each a diligent female worker, swarmed around the container. Their mission was clear and urgent. With meticulous care, they set about freeing each of their struggling companions from the sticky trap.
As the day faded, the bees, once ensnared, found their freedom, taking flight one by one. When it was time for me to leave, the container stood empty; a silent testament to their commitment.
This experience was a profound reminder of the unity in the bee community. They didn’t abandon their peers in distress but worked tirelessly to help them.
This moment was more than a mere observation; it was a powerful demonstration of collective effort and tenacity. In the bees’ unyielding efforts to take care of their own, we get a glimpse into caring. No competition and no need to win at all costs.
Can we learn from this unwavering spirit in our lives, to unite in challenging times? Because what matters most is taking a leap into the unknown by trusting our true nature.