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In an excellent article, “Bees, Beehives, and You” by Annette Murray Wells and Stephen A. Wells, they compare our work with that of bees, illustrating very effectively the power of leverage through collaboration. While our daily efforts and results may seem puny, we realize, when we work together towards the same goal with consistency and integrity, that anything is possible. They write,

“How much are your everyday actions like a bee’s? Probably more than you think.
Because our family has kept hives of bees for five years and because we also care for beehives that belong to others, I am occasionally asked to talk about beehives, especially how they relate to the gospel. I wouldn’t call myself an expert, but I’ve learned a few things.

“First of all, women do all the work in the hive. All of the bees that pollinate, collect nectar from flowers, and make honey are girls. So, a beehive is like a colony of young women all working together toward a common goal. It’s a fitting representation for the young women of the Church. Because a bee is so small and her lifespan so short (about 30 days) each bee produces only 1/12 of a teaspoon of honey in her lifetime. It takes the lifetime of at least two dozen bees just so I can enjoy a little honey on a slice of toast in the morning.

When my family moved to Idaho from Hawaii (after only one year of managing 20 beehives), we brought with us 1,000 pounds (454 kg) of honey, which is just over 83 gallons (314 L). This gives you an idea of what so many can accomplish when they work together: 1/12 of a teaspoon per bee isn’t much, but it adds up quickly.”

Read more here.

Together, we can do amazing things!

Robin Elliott LeverageAdvantage.com

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