To Bee or Not to Bee
To Bee or Not to Bee
A Book for Beeings Who Feel There's More to Life Than Just Making Honey
Author: John Penberthy
Reviewed by Catherine Pulsifer
A wonderful story of the journey of Buzz, a bee who is searching for answers.
Often times in life, we find ourselves asking questions about our own lives, looking for answers, trying to understand the reason and purpose. Have you ever thought, there must be a better way? Written in a story format, this book takes you on a journey, gives you advice and suggestions that may help you to answer some of your own questions.
Some of our favorite quotes from the book:
"It's not work that's keeping you from beeing content; it's your attitude - thinking that work is separate from your personal life, that work is the sole point of life."
"And you can certainly mix a little relaxation and exploration into your daily routine. It's all a state of mind. Bee in the world; not of it."
"The power of the mind lies in perceiving differences; the power of the heart lies in perceiving similarities. Which power are you using?"
"I've found that I have much better results controlling my own mind - which ultimately determines my experience - than trying to control everything else."
"Who's to say what's failure and what's success?"
"Success is simply beeing on your path. Only through experience can we expand beyond our limited bee perspective and start to see the larger picture of things."
"Perfection isn't some state of affairs, it's a state of mind."
"Happiness cannot bee pursued; it must ensue."
"Every bit of life seems to bee trying to fill a greater niche, to become all it can bee."
"Sometimes words and concepts just get in the way."
"The mind is a wonderful servant but a terrible master."
"God cannot bee comprehended; only experienced."
"The greatest present is the present."
"Practice paying close attention. Try to see the sacred in everything."
"The problem, though, is that most folks are either too lazy or proud or bound by tradition to face up to the need for change."
"Every incident that occurs carries with it potential lessons."
"Learning is what got us this far and what will take us wherever we're going."
"Yep, we can all learn plenty from each other - even those we think don't know as much as we do - if we can just set our egos aside. There's no shortage of lessons. We're all each others' students and teachers."
"To the extent you're afraid to die, you're afraid to live."
"All things take place by change."
"Life is too important to bee taken so seriously."
"No matter where you go, there you are."
"The more secure he became in who he was, the less he was threatened by who they were."
It is a great book to share with people of all ages and you will find it contains many wonderful words of wisdom.
You can find more information on the book at To Bee or Not to Bee. The book is also available at Amazon.com. We highly recommend this book.
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What others have said about the book:
"A delightful fable, honeycombed with wit, stinging with wakefulness."
Rick Fields, form editor of Yoga Journal
"The charming illustrations may seduce you, but the powerful and provocative message will resonate with your for ages. If you've ever doubted the omnipresence of God, read this book and bee-lieve."
Gay Hendricks, co-author of Conscious Living
"This tender allegory mirrors our learning to Bee Here Now."
Ram Dass, author of Be Here Now
"A book for the child in all of us . . . a simplicity that is powerful, a purity that reminds us of the Light we all are."
Dan Millman, author of Way of the Peaceful Warrior
". . . when the flower opens, the bees come uninvited - this is one of those bees. A fable of delightful enlightenment."
Stephen Levine, author of Healing into Life and Death
and from the author, John Penberthy, taken from the foreward:
"Illustrated, and peppered with wit, humor, and some provocative aphorisms, "To Bee or Not To Bee" is the story of Buzz's search for God. What he ends up finding is himself. Hmmm. It's a journey, that with the help of a newfound friend, confronts him with some of life's most important lessons. He's pulled through them, dragging and kicking, often before he thinks he's ready. But through it all he finds himself expanding and deepening, and knowing that at some level it's all unfolding exactly as it should. Finally, almost in spite of himself, Buzz finds a new acceptance of, and appreciation for, the craziness of life in his honeybee colony.