Themed Thoughts: Beehive

jbCM Magazine

 Mike Lehnertz, Leadership Coach, www.personalhorsepower.com

When I think of the beehive I think of the honeycombs and how they are connected. There are four pillars of Personal HorsePower that are all connected: leadership, communications, mentoring and followership. Let’s focus on mentoring. 

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By default, parents are the Leaders and Mentors of the family and depending on their Communication skills, that could be either a good or bad.

For example, when children see their parents holding hands, that’s good.

However, if parents drink alcohol in excess, that’s a negative mentoring experience.  Or if parents are yelling and fighting in front of the children, the children may assume that’s just another day in the marriage.  And let’s take it a step further: if there’s name calling or God forbid, any physical abuse or violence, the parents have just mentored their children on how to dispose of their marriage.  In fact, they have mentored their children on how to be bad parents and partners.

That’s why too many children grow up and have a “disposable marriage.”  They saw and learned from their parents and they think that’s the way marriage is supposed to be.

It doesn’t and shouldn’t be that way.  There’s a ton of techniques available to parents when it comes to Mentoring their children.  I’d love to share some of the ways to be better parents.

Please consider attending my Parenting Seminar on October 22nd, here in Colorado Springs.  You may contact me through my website at www.personalhorsepower.com…there’s a direct email link on each page.

I look forward to hearing from you; I’m Mike Lehnertz and remember, “Lead With Your Personal HorsePower.”  Thanks very much!

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 MelindaJoy Mingo, Professor & Author

I absolutely love ‘clusters’! It can be clusters of grapes, beautiful flowers, peanut brittle, coffee shops bursting with people, or even activities where people gather together to celebrate and enjoy life together.

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I appreciate solitude and stillness but I am most energized and happy in my ‘clusters of communities’ where we are buzzing about helping each other, enjoying laughter, serious conversations, or just ‘doing life together’. It’s always sweeter to me when I am on the journey Of life with like minded travelers.

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 Bar Scott, Writer & Musician, www.barscott.com

Living in rural Westcliffe, Colorado, far from the modern world in many ways, the first thing I thought of when I saw the word ‘beehive’ were my friends Mary and Christina. Both are beekeepers, both gather honey, and both make other things, too: remedies, tinctures, salves. They’re both in excellent health.

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Their skin glows and their waists are trim—pretty remarkable for women in their late 50s and early 60s. I attribute their wellness to their gentle life styles. When they’re not collecting honey, they’re picking wildflowers or herbs, or they’re selling the fruits of their labor at farmer’s markets or, in Christina’s case, her acupuncture office.

Life is slow at 8000 feet. I moved here from upstate New York six years ago. Every so often I feel desperate to “go down the hill” as we say in these parts. That means driving to Pueblo or Colorado Springs. Whenever I succumb to my need for more action, I go shopping. It’s not something I’m proud to say. I drive to the Springs and hit Whole Foods, Costco, Sprouts, and if I’m really having a time of it, I stop at Summer Sweet for a serve-yourself frozen yogurt, often with M&Ms on top. It’s a good way to spend the day, but I’m glad when I’m back on Route 115 headed west into the sunset and the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. It’s nice to know the hive is there; better still when it’s behind me. 

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Jim SharpSpeaker & Actor, www.jim-sharp.com

When I think of a beehive, I think of a new paradigm I’ve entered in my life.  I grew up addicted to math and science.  When I looked at the world, I saw it from a very linear perspective.  Everything could be explained in neat order.  I did a nice job of tidying up my life and kept it in all in perspective. 

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Through a series of events that completely changed my worldview, I began experiencing creativity coming into my life.

Ideas that had no logical reason for entering my mind began to change my worldview.  In this newly found paradigm, the world began to lose the structure it once had.  Life was a lot more random and spontaneity began to become the norm.  My life was very disorganized.  I’m finding now, a place where balance is necessary so that I can complete projects that I start.  My life is much like watching a hive of bees.  It appears, from a distance, to be utter chaos, but each bee has a job to do and they manage to find exactly where they are supposed to go to get the job done. 

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Bret WrightSpeaker & Author, www.bretrwright.com

Beehives are fascinating. Every bee has a job, and every job supports the health of the whole. As a metaphor, the beehive can be a powerful way to re-imagine personal growth.  

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The beehive is a study in efficient use of time and resources. The queen is the reason the hive exists. She is its focus.

Workers bees are versatile, and have wide ranging jobs that include cooling the hive, nourishing it, defending, and nurturing its future generations. Even with such wide-ranging skills, workers exist to serve the hive.

Drones fertilize the queen’s eggs, during a single mating period. They are cared for by the workers, and if there are too many of them, they’ll be driven from the hive. Most drones are kept around in case a second queen is born, to start a new hive. Without the drones’ presence, there would be no hive.

All parts of a beehive exist to serve the whole. Whether it’s a project, a personal goal, or a life philosophy, we all can use a little hive logic to ensure our various hives are served well. We can expand goals when necessary, shed things that are not currently of use, and still allow some extraneous, seemingly-useless elements to hang out . . . just in case. 

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