by Beverly Hutchinson McNeff
I recently read a newspaper article about the death of billions of honeybees. Researchers are trying to determine why the bees are dying at such an alarming rate. The motivation for the research is the fact that these worker bees are responsible for the monumental task of pollinating $14.6 billion worth of the nation’s fruit and vegetable crops annually.
Here is yet another example of how interconnected we are with every living thing. We can no longer be callous about how we treat each other, animals, insects, or plants, since we all share this experience.
“Humankind is but one thread within the great web of life. Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves. All things are bound together. All things connect.”
This quote by Suquamish Tribe Chief Seattle so perfectly illustrates our interconnectedness. If you have ever looked at a spider’s web, you saw how strong it was but also how interdependent it was on each strand. Just as with a web, others may appear strong, but their real strength is dependent on their connection with each other.
Let us remember that we do not walk alone from each other and we cannot walk apart from God, the Source of our life. As we are told in A Course in Miracles: “If you knew Who walks beside you on the way that you have chosen, fear would be impossible.” (T-18.III.3.1)
Begin again each day, and every moment, by looking lovingly on every living thing, including yourself. Let us remember that no matter what we or others may have done, God has not changed His Mind about us. We still remain His loving children. No matter the rights or wrongs we may have cataloged about ourselves or others, it is now time to remember the truth, so that we might know the beauty of our connection.
Alone we are all lowly, but together we shine with brightness
so intense that none of us alone can even think of it. (T-13.X.14)