"What are you thinking?" she asked.
"I think you are so much stronger than him," she sighed.
Bees from the same hive visit about 225,000 flowers per day. One single bee visits between 50 to 1000 flowers a day, but some visit up to several thousand. During honey production periods, a bee's lifespan is about six weeks and they travel a distance equal to 4 times around the earth before they die.*
So in less than two months, these guys are born and die experiencing a far greater quantity of travel and beauty than most human beings ever will. Not to mention they are producing honey by the pound in a colony that can only function with the most incredible dedication and cohesive teamwork involving all members. That's a pretty impressive life.
But if the hive doesn't function cohesively, production falls and the bees die. Just like that, they cannot survive in a hive that doesn't thrive.
That may be the biggest difference between humans and bees. We stick out a situation, a relationship, a job, or a life decision that doesn't nurture us because we can survive in a dysfunctional colony.
When we decide to do this we will miss a lot more flowers. We won't travel as far. We aren't as productive and we don't participate fully in building something bigger than ourselves. And our lifespans are way longer than six weeks, so we could have a long life of striving for survival.
But a life of survival is based on instincts only. It is void of emotions. That kind of life, by definition, means to just purely exist. A beating heart. Breathing lungs. Moving limbs. Existence is a state of living, not a way to build a life.
Bees don't just exist together in a colony and hope that will be enough. They go out and get to work. They travel, pollinate, work, produce, sweat (true), sleep, and they don't give up.
And then they dance (no seriously, that is how they communicate with one another).
You can keep surviving if you want a safe and flat existence. I'll take thriving- I'm not interested in anything less.
(*Thanks to the The Beehive for dropping this knowledge on me in the process writing this post)