Are you the Bee’s Knees?

“The most precious gift we can offer others is our presence. When mindfulness embraces those we love, they will bloom like flowers” -Thich Nhat Hanh

Have you ever heard the saying “the bee’s knees”?  Its a term that found its way into our (well some people’s) vernacular back in the 1920s and it is commonly understood to mean “the height of excellence.”  Why are the bee’s knees the picture of excellence? Well, tucked away on the mid-segments  of their legs are tiny pollen baskets called corbiculae. In this teeny, tiny, space, only fractions of a centimeter large,  bees hold the bloom of our world.

Look outside your window. Of all the plants you see, 75% depend on the pollen baskets of pollinators to bloom. Look in your kitchen– one-third of your food is pollinated by these small baskets nearly invisible to the naked eye. The beauty of orchids, the juiciness of apples, the antioxidants of apples, and the vitamins  of avocados each depend on bees to exist. In essence, the beauty and function of our world is dependent on these very small concentrations of goodness, that often go unnoticed but make all the difference.

Where are there small concentrations of goodness in your life going unnoticed? Who, like the bee, is making your world come into bloom through their unnoticed tireless work and commitment?  Are you being a concentration of goodness? What are you bringing into bloom with your excellence? What could you encourage to bloom if you brought your excellence to a new height?

Excellence can be obtained if you:
…care more than others think is wise;
…risk more than others think is safe;
…dream more than others think is practical;
…expect more than others think is possible.



3 Responses so far »

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    Heidi Wills said,

    Kimberly, this is so inspiring and beautifully written! Thank you for writing it and for sharing it with the world. It makes me want to give my attention and mindfulness to others to further bloom my relationships.

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    Dre said,

    I really love this, like who are you being a light to? I love it good stuff lady

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    Mahogany said,

    This is the cutest and most inspiring thing! Now, when people swat bees, I’ll have something short and sweet to point them to: The bees knees! And you’ve also got me thinking about where I can/ reallocate some of my own goodness. Thanks Kimberly!

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