Recently, my husband and I have been dealing with a beehive that has nestled into our tree.
We hired professionals to treat the problem, only to find the bees continued to swarm. Soon after, our neighbor was stung.
The professionals returned and again claimed victory. We thought the problem was solved.
But it wasn’t.
The pros told us the tree needed to come down. So down it went, leaving only a tree stump exposing the remains of the hive.
I bet you can guess what happened next.
Yup. The bees returned.
Believe it or not, the next day, we found an army of ants invading our kitchen. They marched in a line that led straight from the outdoors. So we dug out the insecticide and took care of the ants.
A week later, wouldn’t you know, the ants returned!
Exasperated by now, I started wondering what message I needed to learn from the bees and the ants.
Martha Beck taught us in coach training that what’s happening in our lives is a projection of our inner life. If you want to learn the lesson, look at the messages that are being sent. What is the metaphor for what’s appearing?
Through the magic of Google, here’s what I learned about the symbolism of bees and ants:
When Bees appear in life, messages deal with:
- Your level of productivity. In some cases too much productivity. In other cases not enough.
- Bees have a strong work ethic, but also know the importance of stopping and smelling the flowers.
- Community and collaboration. Bees work in a community with other bees.
- Growth. Moving past your limitations.
“Aerodynamically the bumble bee shouldn’t be able to fly, but the bumble bee doesn’t know it so it goes on flying anyway.”
-Mary Kay Ash
When Ants appear in your life, messages deal with:
- Your goals and dreams. Are you sacrificing your dreams for the dreams of others? Re-evaluate the current path you’re on to see where you are straying from your own path.
- All good things come with time and effort. Work with diligence, conviction and with others.
- Consider your own role. Concentrate on your specialties and make sure you are making the most of your natural gifts.
- The Bigger Picture. Consider how your own contributions in your career, your family, and day-to-day life fit into the bigger picture.
Well now. Those are pretty powerful messages!
And, yes. I can see how they apply to what’s been going on in my life right now.
After all, I’m an entrepreneur building a coaching practice. Everyday I am stretching my boundaries and learning new things. At times, I feel just like the Bee that doesn’t know it can’t fly, but adapts and does anyway.
While I love working on my own creative work as a coach, I also love the support, growth and contribution that comes from collaborating with other coaches.
There are times when I question whether I have the right balance between work and play. When that happens, it’s a time to re-evaluate my path, re-align, and re-commit. I remind myself to have patience. What I’m doing right now – both work and play – will impact my future.
Wow! I feel so much better about these insects now.
Hopefully they will understand that I’ve got the message and move on to the next tree and kitchen to teach others.
And that’s all the buzz I have for now…