Bees Overcome the Impossible
Did you know that beesare the long-time symbol for accomplishing the impossible? A morning walk and a yellow jacket is how I found out. On a bit of a time crunch, I shortened my walk to the creek and just wandered through the sidewalks admiring all the new flowers in bloom, especially the gardenias. At one point I was captivated by a vine with prolific clusters of gorgeous white flowers. The smell was exquisite. I practically hugged the vine drinking up what I thought was the smell of honeysuckle.
Back at home to meditate, I noticed something on the inside of my pant leg. Thankfully I didn’t brush it off. Rather, I looked closely and realized it was a large yellow jacket. Being allergic to bees, I uttered a silent gasp. However, I quickly realized that fear would not help the situation. Instead, I calmly got up and walked gingerly to my patio where I slowly took off the sweat pants. The moment they hit the ground, I was back in the house going happily on my way. Later, in the kitchen, there was a yellow jacket on my window screen. I thought it was the same one until I checked my pants…not so!
Now these little critters had my attention. What were they telling me? I headed for my bookshelf to check Animal Speak by Ted Andrews. Sure enough bees have been mythical symbols throughout the world. Because of their large body weight, it is unusual that they can fly at all. It’s their rapid use of the wings that enable them to overcome their aerodynamic flaw.
It is said that “all things are possible for those who believe.” From the bees’ perspective, a seemingly flight impossibility is accomplished with rapid speed of the wings. What will it take to accomplish that seemingly impossibility in your life? What can you do to increase the possibility of accomplishing it? I loved how I was reminded of believing in the impossible, thanks to the yellow jackets that morning.
With light and love,
I learned this, at least, by my experiment: that if one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours. He will put some things behind, will pass an invisible boundary; new, universal, and more liberal laws will begin to establish themselves around and within him; or the old laws be expanded, and interpreted in his favor in a more liberal sense, and he will live with the license of a higher order of beings. In proportion as he simplifies his life, the laws of the universe will appear less complex, and solitude will not be solitude nor poverty…poverty, nor weakness…weakness. If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put the foundations under them. ~ Henry David Thoreau
- A big thank you to the Disney Imagineers for the new Cars Land at California Adventure—a sweet salute to Route 66 and the art of “road trips”. To all who are take one this summer, Happy Travels!
- Eric Brightwell is from a small town in Iowa. Fascinated with the largess of Los Angeles, he has created quite a buzz with his artistic “mapquests.” Each design features local colors and some kind of symbol such as the Alta Dena Dairy logo for the city by the same name. Featured in a recent L.A. Times story, he displays his one-of-a-kind maps at his shop in Silver Lake.
What to use as a dressing? A little lemon for vitamin C and olive oil to keep blood sugar in balance and you have a real power-packed salad. Buying fresh produce from your local farmer’s market adds even more to your dining pleasure. Enjoy!
StarHeart Point of View
Always enjoy learning a new tool to navigate my way through life. The latest addition to my toolbox falls in the category of “don’t take it personally.” I remember when Don Miguel Ruiz talked about that concept in his book, The Four Agreements. It was the most difficult for me to understand. Gratefully, I have learned how to work with this idea and still appreciate the opportunity to fine-tune my understanding of it. That’s where an unpleasant situation came in handy.
After an unpleasant experience with someone, I kept thinking of how I could have done it differently to have avoided that particular outcome. A mentor pointed out to me that the Dalai Lama talks about our attachment to reactions and commented that I was trying to “edit the reaction”. I had a good laugh since I LOVE being an editor. No wonder I wanted to “make the situation better” by editing it. That’s what I do with words! However, I can’t do that with events in my life. They happen as they will and that’s where acceptance also comes in handy. The key is accepting the situation exactly as it took place and trusting in its purpose because “there are no accidents”.
There was a time when I questioned statements such as those just mentioned—“don’t take it personally,” “everything happens for a reason” and “there are no accidents.” I thought possibly these statements were simply clichés. The more I live my life, the more their truth speaks to me. Now when I speak this truth for me, it comes from this place of experience. Funny, there’s another truth I believe in…”experience is the best teacher.”