Believe it or not, there are over 20,000 different species of bees living all over the world. Bees are quite incredible little animals and it is often said that without them, the world as we know it would not exist. This is down to their huge role in plant reproduction through the process of cross-pollination – guess what…a third of all the plants we eat have been pollinated by bees! Bees are also famous for being the only insect in the world that makes food that people can eat – glorious, delicious honey! Now other than tasting great on toast, honey is quite incredible in its own right. Not only is it the only food that includes all the substances necessary to sustain life (including enzymes, vitamins, minerals, and water), but it also has powerful antioxidant properties, proven to aid a multitude of different ailments.
But this short story is about the biggest bee of all, the one that most people think of when they think of bees – the Bumblebee. What can they teach us? Here is a short story about a bee named Belinda…
Belinda the bumblebee was busying herself buzzing around a field looking for brightly coloured flowers. She moved around slowly, noisily and little clumsily, because that is what bumblebee’s do.
“Woohoo!” exclaimed Belinda.
There, right before her eyes, was a big patch of bright-yellow sunflowers – a veritable heaven for a bumblebee. Slowly, and a little awkwardly, Belinda started her erratic descent to land on one of the sunflowers.
Once she had negotiated the landing, Belinda started to collect pollen and nectar from the succulent sunflower, when all of a sudden a flash of blue whizzed past her face. Even with thousands of filters in her eyes and nigh on 360 degree vision, Belinda could not make out what this was, so returned to the task in hand, until…Flash! There it was again. What on earth could it be?
“Hello big, fat, hairy thing” said a voice behind her, “what are you and what are you doing?”
Belinda turned around slowly and was greeted by a most beautiful, slender, blue-bodied insect with four graceful transparent wings and large enchanting eyes. She didn’t know of course, but she was looking at a dragonfly, one of the fastest insects in the world.
“Well,” she replied, “I am Belinda the Bumblebee and I am collecting pollen and nectar to help feed my colony”.
“Where is this colony?” asked the dragonfly looking all around.
“Oh,” said Belinda, “it’s quite a long flight from here”.
“Flight! You cannot possibly fly,” smirked the dragonfly, “you only have 4 small wings and a huge fat hairy body. Don’t make me laugh, you cannot fly!”
“Oh really?” said Belinda, “so what do you call this then…”
And with that, Belinda took off from her sunflower, hovered a short while over the incredulous dragonfly and then proceeded to perform a one-bee air show. She cartwheeled, dived, climbed, looped the loop, barrel rolled and then came rather noisily back to land on the sunflower to face the dragonfly.
Minutes later the dragonfly, still perplexed by what it had seen, asked “But how? It shouldn’t be possible. “
Belinda grinned, “I might not look like I can fly and, sure, some people might say I shouldn’t be able to, but why should that dictate what I can and cannot do?”
And with that she gathered her last drops of nectar and took to the skies buzzing with pride on her journey back to the colony.
Morale of the Story:
There are two main messages we can take from this short story:
1. Do not entertain the person that says you cannot do something. Naysayers are the way they are because of the limitations they have placed on their own lives. Each and every one of us is filled to the brim with amazing abilities and skills just waiting to be given the chance to shine. So believe and achieve…what are you waiting for!
Cool Fact: The laws of aerodynamics prove that the bumblebee should be incapable of flight even though they beat their wings at an incredible 200 beats per second. Just goes to prove, even our so-called ‘laws’ are sometimes wrong, particularly when they are applied to nature!
2. Never judge a book by its cover. Formulating pre-conceived ideas about people based on their appearances is a recipe for disaster. Get to know someone, give them a chance and believe in them – you might just be surprised what you get in return!