To know that one is part of something greater than one’s own self. What a relief. What a welcome realisation:
The idea that, all around us, we are beset by jars of honey, asking for us to dip into, and out of. Choice paralysis.
And this world: it seems, prima facie, as though it is one of billions of flowers. Feels like there is so much that
Could be done. And therefore, with the limited bee-line timelines we have, here: must be done.
For this to be deeply rich, and meaningful, somehow. The bees, and what they do: scarcely seen, except when up close, thrumming.
Always busy. Playing their roles: from mouth of flower, to hive, and back. It is the essence of things:
of our actions, choices, sitting-places, which count.
I want to be guided by the nectar of things. And not by the ‘numbers’; not necessarily by what other people come to see, of it.
And what about… how other people do things, for example? The communities they are part of; how and where they might spend… Ramadan, for example?
At a grand mosque in Texas, or… walking to the same one, under orange-glowing lamps, in Dickensian(-almost) Whitechapel?
One could be halfway up Mount Everest. Or, on the upper floor of a quiet bookstore in Folkestone. Still, it is the essences of things that count: not necessarily the sizes, nor the colours, nor the shapes, of the petals which adorn them.
[Crying, alone, in a Volkswagen. Or, secretly, in a Lambo. To quote the doughnut-eating boy from a really funny Vine that I tragically can’t seem to find anymore: iz the same thing.]
Whether one man gives his fellow man in need a piece of bread. And if another man is able to provide for an entire village a million pounds worth of food:
It is the weight of things, unseen yet certainly Recorded, which grant them significance. The bees are small, and they are not exactly butterflies. Look how weighty their value:
A single day off, and entire ecosystems fall to the ground. We must never underestimate the roles we inhabit, nor the essences of them, in favour of thinking about the precise configurations of our petals.
Those petals eventually fall to the ground, one, by one, by one. The golden threads of Meaning, Purpose, here, though: small, but mighty. The ‘grand scheme of things’, and the places we inhabit, which cannot do without our being there. Here, or there; this way, or that, but altogether… Undying.
In conclusion: bees are cool. For more evidence on this fact: https://themuslimvibe.com/faith-islam/in-theory/animals-in-the-holy-quran-the-bee
“Actions are but by intentions” [Sahih Hadith]
With Salaam, Sadia, 2021.