Monday, August 03, 2009

Lessons from The Secret Life of Bees

Roy Petitfils (counsellor, speaker and author), told me he was using this quote from the movie "The Secret Life of Bees" in his work this year with students and teachers.

He said, “The teachers are framing it and putting it on their desks.” Here it is:

“Bee yard etiquette: ... the world is really one big bee yard, and the same rules work fine in both places: Don't be afraid, as no life-loving bee wants to sting you. Still, don't be an idiot; wear long sleeves and long pants. Don't swat. Don't even think about swatting. If you feel angry, whistle. Anger agitates, while whistling melts a bee's temper. Act like you know what you're doing, even if you don't. Above all, send the bees love. Every little thing wants to be loved.”

Source: Sue Monk Kidd, The Secret Life of Bees (Penguin Books), 2002.

Link to Roy’s blog which is a treasury of useful and inspiring stories like this one, this beauty and a third for good measure.

Dr Geoff Pound

Geoff can be contacted by email at geoffpound(at) on Facebook and Twitter.

Image: “The world is really one big bee yard.”