The Bee: Overcoming Challenges

Birds and bees can teach us about much more than sex.

Honeybees are amazing creatures, with impressive organizational and navigational capabilities.

However, like humans, they sometimes get stumped.

When I came downstairs to fix lunch today, I heard a loud buzzing in the dining room. The rear glass sliding door was open to let in some fresh air. A honeybee had flown in, and it was frantically trying to get back out. It continually bumped its face against the clear but unflinching transom window.

Just a few inches separated the bee from the large opening to freedom just below. However, because the transom window was slightly recessed, and the bee was so close to the glass, its perspective did not allow it to see the opening.

After a few minutes of listening to the buzzing, I began to feel sorry for the bee. I walked over with a clear cup, stood on my tiptoes, and gently placed the cup over the bee. I hoped that it would crawl into the cup, so that I could release it outside.

But the bee was not yet ready to be rescued. It was still too fixated on what it saw as the only way out–through the glass. So I removed the cup and returned to my lunch.

After a few more minutes passed, the bee became silent. Apparently worn out, it rested on the transom.

Again, I walked over with the glass, and gently placed it over the bee. This time, it crawled into the glass. I held it out through the opening, gave it a little tap on the bottom, and the bee flew away.

Free to fly once again.

The bee taught me a few important things about myself. It probably has something valuable to offer you, too.

There are probably times when you’ve found yourself bumping up against the glass. In fact, I’ll bet there’s some area of your life where you’re doing it right now.

I’d love to see you fly back into your own wilderness. I’d love to see you fly toward what’s important to you.

I invite you to ponder the following questions:

  • How have you resembled the bee when you’ve faced challenges in your own life?
  • Have you been so entrenched in resolving a situation or achieving a goal that you couldn’t see other possibilities or options?
  • Have you been hesitant to seek help or support from others because you were still determined to make a given path or solution work?
  • At what point do you involve others or become willing to consider other approaches? Is it early on, or only after you’re worn out and almost ready to give up?
  • Are you facing any challenges now where you could benefit from additional perspective or support?

I invite you to learn more about my coaching and how I’ve helped others.

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Dave welcomes phone-based life, career, and transition coaching clients from around the world.

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