I am allergic to bee stings, but recently I realized that I cannot live my life in fear of bees. What would life be like if I never went outside during bee season? If I need to fight the fear of bees in order to live, really live, life then I will fight the bees. Sure, I may get stung. I may even have to go to a hospital. But I’m not going to let that stop me.
I’m also taking on the bees of life–the nagging questions that might sting us if we try to answer them. Facing these bees requires actually asking the tough questions… and being willing to admit our own ignorance or apathy.
So fight I will. Fight to answer the questions. Now, I need to be clear. I’m a pacifist, so the kind of fighting I am talking about is not physical violence but instead wrestling with the mind, heart, and gut. A fight requires interacting with other people and ideas. It means I will remain close to those whom others may call “enemies” or “opponents.” This is not about winning and losing. This is about authentic living–living without the fear of being stung.
Join me. E-mail your questions to emily@fightthebees.