“do bee” or “just be”
Last night while we ate dinner in the kitchen with the windows open, a giant bee flew in and began buzzing around. My daughter exclaimed, “Kill it!” I looked at her with eyebrows raised, and she knew that her “hippie” mom would be doing her best to help God’s small creature.
Typically, I wait for the bee to land, catch in a cup and let it go outside. Last night, however, this bee kept buzzing around so furiously, it couldn’t be helped. We waited and dodged, and to no avail.
Finally, when it came to rest, I was able to offer it help and sent it on its merry way.
The incident reminded me of this meditation I wrote in 2007 when I first began sending them out via email. It’s amazing how lessons in life circle back ’round. ~Cameron
Slow down and enjoy life. It’s not only the scenery you miss by going too fast—you also miss the sense of where you are going and why. ~Eddie Cantor
Some of you may remember a children’s show called Romper Room. On that show, they had a giant bouncing bumble bee called “Mr. Do Bee.” It was Mr. Do Bee’s job to teach preschool children about manners and what to do rather than what not to do. My memory of that bee is that it was constantly moving around the screen, truly reinforcing the stereotype of being “busy as a bee.”
I hadn’t thought of that bee in years until yesterday. As I talked with a mentor about my “go-go-go” life, she shared with me a brief piece about “do” vs. “be.” It encouraged me to stop and reflect on the value of “do” and the value of “be” as well as the balance we need to find in our lives in both states.
Just as that Mr. Do Bee taught me as a preschooler—our culture seems to be all about “do.” Sometimes, it’s not even just about doing for the sake of doing but rather doing for the sake of achieving or succeeding or being the best. We pass through our lives spending time in motion, buzzing around trying to complete all the things we believe we need to get done.
Many, many years ago, Newton came up with a little something we call the Laws of Motion. His First Law states, “Unless acted on by an outside force, a body at rest tends to stay at rest, and a body in motion tends to stay in motion.” Perhaps this bit of science could apply to our spiritual and emotional lives as well. Sometimes, we get so busy with “doing,” we forget that we need to engage in “being” to slow ourselves down or to rest. It may take an “outside force” to remind us to be intentional about slowing down. Perhaps it will your family or friends offering nurturing and support. Maybe it will be your body reminding you to relax. It may be your spirit longing to reengage in prayer or meditation.
My prayer for us today is that we can reengage in some “just be” time and let the “do bee” side of our selves take a bit of a rest.