A bee flew in front of me the other day and just hovered there, inches from my face, swaying a little back and forth but mostly just confronting me.. making me stop and take notice. Hello. This tiny messenger got me thinking about him and his kind, and the humbly magical work they do.
Honey. That golden elixir of sweetness, which also happens to be immensely delicious and healing.
Metaphorically, we all want the honey of life, don't we? We long to produce and experience the creamy goodness of efforts paid off. We all (on some level) desire to make an impact on the world, just by being ourselves and offering our unique gifts to the collective. What I love about the bee and his honey is that he makes the process seem so simple. And it is, isn't it?
harvest the nectar:
The worker bees fly diligently from flower to flower, going for the good stuff -- the nectar! In the same way, we can most easily fulfill our purpose on this earth by finding what excites us, in our soul, and going after it. >> Joseph Campbell said “If you follow your bliss you put yourself on a kind of track that has been there all the while, waiting for you, and the life that you ought to be living is the one you are living. Follow your bliss and don't be afraid, and doors will open where you didn't know they were going to be.”
Sometimes it's hard to see how doing the things we are passionate about are going to pan out practically (cash money!), and that's okay too. Do it in your spare time. Do it on the weekends. Do it on your lunch break. Just keep doing it. Passion and excitement has a way of growing, becoming more expansive. You don't have to quit your day job right away (although if that's what you feel like you need to do, do it!).... keep trusting and keep finding the flowers.
bee willing to work hard:
One thing that no one can deny is that bees work their little asses off. All day long they fly, suck, harvest, fly back, work work work. It is their only purpose in life and they do it unceasingly. They don't give up. Ever. As much as I may hate to admit it, that's what our dreams require of us too. There is no magical formula to success that exists outside of putting your nose to the grindstone and working for it. >> In the realm of ideas everything depends on enthusiasm... in the real world all rests on perseverance. - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
find others to work alongside:
Bees understand that in order to make that honey golden sunshine, they need other bees working with them. The worker bees gather the nectar, and take it back to the house bees who help process it at the hive. As much as we are taught independence in our driven world... we need each other. We are a colony of humanity. Yes, you can be an entrepreneur and build your business on your blood, sweat, and tears alone... but eventually you are going to need support of some kind. Find the people who care about you, believe in you, and are willing to help you, in any way, to achieve your goals + dreams. Network. Support them too, with their honey making. It's not a weakness to be a part of a team.. it is essential.
trust the alchemy of your soul:
So I learned a fun fact about honey recently. My daughter came home and announced that honey was made from bees vomit. I was like... ewww what? So we looked it up.. and it turns out it is true..ish. It goes like this: the bees ingest the nectar from the flower and it goes into a special part of their stomach called the honey stomach. It then goes back to the hive and is regurgitated back up and worked around in the bees mouth for about 20 minutes, infusing the nectar with a special enzyme which turns it into immature honey. Gross / cool right?
Well... what that sounds a lot like to me is alchemy. The bee uses the tools it has to turn something (nectar) into a completely different thing (honey). Without those special tools (enzymes) that only the bee has... honey would never exist. All that to say... you have your own alchemical enzymes, my darling, and only you can turn the nectar of your passions into the honey of fulfilled dreams.
Trust your gift. Trust your passion. Trust the process. It may look a whole lot like vomit at times, but it's not done yet.
and lastly... bee patient:
After this whole yummy process, the bee puts the immature honey into the honeycomb and has to wait. And work some more (furiously flapping wings so that the honey can dry out). And wait.
On our path to the golden land, we can get really impatient about why it's not manifesting instantly. Well... I hate to disagree with all the new age gurus, but a lot of times, massive doses of patience are required. It's life. Don't give up.
I love you my dreamers + doers, and I believe in you. Go make that honey.