A few hours ago, I touched down in Boston after a wonderful trip to Chicago. Before I post about it here, I want to give myself time to integrate. For now, as promised, my next weekly piece. I want to tell you about a metaphor that shapes my blog project, which is born out of a specific something that makes me happy.
Simply: honeybees. Every time I see one, I feel joy. Some of the reasons are obvious: sweetness, honey, flowers, nectar. What’s not to love?
Another of the reasons will be obvious to some of you, but perhaps not to others: every time I see a honeybee it is proof that they are still surviving and pollinating our food crops.
The truth is, bees are in trouble. As the granddaughter of a farmer, and an avid (if sometimes lackadaisical) gardener, I’ve been made aware of this trend. If you don’t know and want to find out more about their plight, I suggest starting with either this TED talk or this article and its links. The best easy solution? Plant flowers! There is a lot more detailed information out there and I won’t rehash it. It is enough to say: They are struggling, but as long as they are still here, there is hope.
I could equally title this post “thoughts on sustainability and joy.” As much as we need the bees, we also need joy. Before I jump in to more specific topics in my future posts, I want to expand my explanation about the overall framework that holds my site, and invite you more deeply in to it.
As I was researching and readying for the blog launch, I read a lot about the state of things on the internet: how does one create a space in a digitally saturated world? I firmly believe there is room for all of us, and there seems to be consensus that choosing a niche helps one to find one’s place. I thought to myself: what is my niche? There are some great eco-sustainability blogs out there. There are creative blogs, slow fashion blogs, natural foods blogs, and lifestyle blogs. What is unique about what I have to offer?
If you’ve even quickly glanced at the other portions of my website, you’ll know that I have many interests — from poetry to polevaulting. What ties them all together is the joy I source from each facet. Then I thought about how the joy is precisely what keeps me buoyed and able to do the difficult work of personal and social change.
Ah-ha! I thought to myself. That’s what I want my niche to be. I want to inspire joy, so that we can all move towards the changes we need to make, whether they are micro-individual or macro-collective. Life requires celebration; sustainability requires bees, and joy. I want to include all the things that make me happy. Then I will let the community who shows up help to mold and shape the specific directions my blog takes. What topics do you want to see here? What joy moves you? I want to know.
After making that decision, and naming my blog, the rest of the development process has unfolded easily. I remembered an exercise I did with a friend several years ago. She is a business coach. The exercise involved a visualization from which we derived a simple metaphor to encapsulate my intention for my career path: I am the honeybee who brings sweetness to others through the dance of connection. That was long before the idea of this blog was even a glimmer. Yet now that intention is manifest…
Come stand with me by the hive. Listen to the soft buzzing. Taste the sweet honey. As long as we are still here on this planet, there is hope. We are getting ready to fly, separately and together. Most of all together.