Building the Dam Story

At the end, if there is success, one wonders how. Through this wonder one discovers the story. This blog is dedicated to that discovery.

Monday, May 17, 2010

Bees Do

Bees live an average of three weeks. During this time they are busy making honey. Their workload is heavy and they go nonstop. How much honey do they produce in this time? It takes 12 bees to make 1/4 teaspoon of honey. Yep, only a small sip drip of honey in all three weeks of work. Is it enough? The question is, do we appreciate the hard work it takes to produce what they do?

Sure the queen bee may live for three years outside the three weeks. She may get to know many bees in her time. She is destined to be singled out, revered. Yet it's the worker bees that create her world.

The workers on the dam weren't ashamed of their hard work, day after day, drilling into that solid rock of Black Canyon. They inched their way into the rock, setting dynamite to blast through for the diversion tunnel. It was hotter than 125 degrees sometimes and work did not stop.

There's something amazing about a man setting his mind to accomplish a job when the odds are against him. To go an inch? A mile? Do we stop measuring when the work becomes something that is needed? Or more specifically, when we feel needed?