In some neighborhoods, signs are appearing in yards saying: “I belong to ‘No Mow May.'” This is a message to passersby that the homeowner is not lazy but is allowing increased growth of plants for the insects and birds that pollinate them. For example, bees demonstrate to us the ultimate lesson that it takes a community to succeed. No single bee can thrive alone. In their various roles and jobs, they work together to build the hive, scan their surroundings, and share this information, collect and store food, and pollinate plants to continue the growth cycle. Would we be more successful in our jobs if we’d gather like a buzzing colony of bees and work collectively to get and protect resources? By sharing information and experiences, we can have a positive impact in our environment. This month there is much to learn from God’s busy creatures about how to live in the world with purpose, power and responsibility.
By Mary Jackle, OSB