Tuesday, February 16, 2010

What We Could Learn From Bees

My grandfather kept bees. I remember warm summer days, when the breeze blew gently through the grassy orchard. In the background, you could hear the melodic hum of the bees in the hives.

Bees, like humans, may be solitary or may live in various types of communities. Sociality, of several different types, is believed to have evolved separately many times within the bees. In some species, groups of cohabiting females may be sisters, and if there is a division of labor within the group, then they are considered semisocial.

If, in addition to a division of labor, the group consists of a mother and her daughters, then the group is called eusocial. The mother is considered the "queen" and the daughters are "workers".
In birth, we could learn a lot from bees. Bees comfortably co-exist, even when bees are female. Bees work together without bringing their own personal agendas to the work that needs to be done.

They solely focus on that job – gather pollen and make honey.

Bees function with a sense of purpose.

Bees don’t bring their own agenda.

Bees don’t try to be birds, squirrels or cats.

Bees adapt to their environment to accomplish their goal.

Bees can accomplish their goal in a white box, homemade hive or in just about any protected space.

Bees are the best at what they do; better than any other pollinating insect.

Bees don’t turn on each other and are not mean or vile to each other.

Bees care for the queen when she is pregnant.

Bees are used positively on advertisements such as cereal or honey.

This is the ultimate lesson that the bees teach us and challenge us to accomplish: How to live our life in a way that by taking what we need from the world around us we leave the world better than we found it.

We could learn a lot from bees.

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