Bumblebee Blessing

Posted: May 1st, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Uncategorized | 1 Comment »

    Over a decade ago, at one of my lowest depths of personal despair in my entire life, I had an epiphany. Ever since then I’ve embraced this epiphany on a daily basis, it’s become a way of coping with life.

    You see, in that horrible moment I  recalled something my father had said to me as a teenager. He had told me that there will always be some one smarter than you, dumber than you. There will always be someone better off than you, worse off than you. But this was not an annoying remembrance of parental advice, nor was it the epiphany. It was the spark of a life changing moment.
    My epiphany was that no matter how cruel, horrid or seemingly unbearable life may seem at any given moment, there is, at the very least, one blessing to be found every single day of my life. And, that it didn’t matter if it was a colossal blessing or a tiny silly blessing. It just mattered that I looked around, found it and embraced it.
    I have since come to call this epiphany, this coping technique, “Today’s Blessing.” It is the cornerstone of a what has developed into a way of living my life, with a thankful heart.
    Sidebar story to “Today’s Blessing” … Two years ago someone on Facebook challenged her list of friends to post one blessing a day during the two weeks leading up to Thanksgiving. This person went on to predict that people would find it harder and harder to do. She even went as far to predicted that people would run out of blessings to post. I, however, laughed at her prediction. I’d already been finding a blessing a day for years now. This was going to be a fun challenge to take on.
   Turns out I was the only person to take it on and post a blessing each day. And, oddly enough, the challenger fulfilled her own prediction — she stopped posting a blessing within a few days.
    Thanksgiving day came and I stopped posting my sometimes profound, sometimes practical and sometimes downright silly blessings on Facebook. Within a few days time I faced a revolt! I got messages from numerous people who demanded to know why I had stopped posting “TB” (Today’s Blessing). Quite a few said that they not only looked forward to reading them, but that the TB got them to pay more attention to their own blessings. That they started to take less things in life for granted, no matter how badly a day in life seemed. So, periodically I will post a TB on Facebook. I thought I’d post this one on the blog instead.

    TB … First Bumblebee. Since childhood, every spring I’ve looked forward to seeing the first spring Bumblebee. Their lumbering flight, adorable fuzzy bodies and gentle nature are still a delight to behold. Spotting one has become a sign of relief that winter really is over with and that the joys of summer are truly on their way.
    After seeing my first Bumblebee this morning, busy at work on the Cherry tree in front of my apartment, I realized they’ve taken on even deeper meaning for me, they represent the impossible.
    You see, science says by all the laws of aerodynamics the Bumblebee is not supposed to be able to fly. The Great Creator seemingly told them otherwise, they listened and they fly.
    Forever more now Bumblebees will be an affirmation of a personal impossible. That survival through anything with humor and purpose is indeed possible. Upon hearing that I had breast cancer I listened to the Great Creator’s whisper … The whisper said that with the grace of my inner feisty spirit, the love of my family and friends I could walk through cancer with humor and hope — despite what some well meaning people told me would be impossible to maintain.
    The Bumblebees listens to what the Great Creator whispers to their consciousness about their true self’s potential — they fly. I’m beyond thankful that I listened to what the Great Creator whispered to me — no matter what the outcome may be, continue to live life with humor and dignity. Refuse to become a victim, refuse to live life with victim mentality.
    The sun is shining, the day is progressing and now the Cherry tree is filled with the Great Creator’s ambassadors of the impossible — my personal blessing for today. What’s yours?

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One Comment on “Bumblebee Blessing”

  1. 1 Stefan R. Burnham said at 9:07 pm on August 6th, 2011:

    The Bumblebees listens to what the Great Creator whispers to their consciousness about their true self's potential — they fly. I'm beyond thankful that I listened to what the Great "Creator whispered to me — no matter what the outcome may be, continue to live life with humor and dignity. Refuse to become a victim, refuse to live life with victim mentality.
    The sun is shining, the day is progressing and now the Cherry tree is filled with the Great Creator's ambassadors of the impossible — my personal blessing for today. What's yours?" AWESOME!