(This is an excerpt from the bee-centered beekeeping blog ThroughTheBeekeepersVeil.com)
As honey bees live in the world, doing their work, performing their role, and fulfilling their purpose, they use so very little: a little nectar, a little pollen, a little tree resin, a little water.
And, as they perform their role, not one living thing is harmed in any way... not a leaf on a single tree is bent... not a petal on a single flower is bruised.
In fact, as honey bees fulfill their purpose in the world, the complete opposite of harm occurs; the world is made more flowering and fruitful, more productive and prolific, more bountiful and beautiful, more life-giving and lush. Everyone and everything benefits from the way that honey bees live in the world.
What about us?
Can we say the same of ourselves?
This is a paraphrase of some thoughts offered by Ross Conrad of Dancing Bee Gardens, during the Spring 2017 Beekeeping Seminar of the 4 Corners Beekeepers Association, at Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado.