Where is My Honey? is an Simple Tale about Achieving our Goals and Ambitions by Adapting our Circumstances in Life. It is not just a story about bees and honey; it is an opportunity to reflect on your capacities. Our goals and ambitions change all the time and we need to change with the time. If we are not adaptable to the changes we face along our life journey, we may become extinct like dinosaurs. We come to cross roads in our lives all the time. We need to adapt and determine to be comfortable with the road we take. If we are not adaptable to the changes we will sit on the cross roads without going anywhere. Remember, Success in Life comes with, Determination, Adaptation and the Changes you decided to make it. While reading this little but powerful story of a simple bee I invite you to reflect in your professional and personal life. Think where you are in your life? Are you achieving your goals and ambitions? Where would you like to be in five, ten or even fifteen years? Are you ready for your future?
"This book is unique, in the sense that it is simple to understand but holds a powerful message. I highly recommend this book if anyone wants a simple insight into leadership and motivation. Read this book!"
Crystal Ho, KPMG, Honk Kong
"This accessible and thought-provoking story reminds us of the links between the values of teamwork, hard-work and leadership.I found it both inspiring and beneficial, and shall be using it to convey its positive message to others."
Dr Chris Bonnici, University of Malta
The quality and yet simple words in use are a testament to the author's intelligent thinking, the easy read of the book cuts across all age groups. The message is simple and clear; 'the limit to what we can achieve is in our mind'.
Thank you Ailson for the encouragement within this rich book."
Hannah Fredrick, UK
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Where is My Honey?
By Ailson J. De Moraes
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Like many of us, Belinda Bee was a hard-working bee. Every morning at dawn she would head out looking for nectar and pollen, and she would return back to the hive when the sun went down, just plain exhausted from a long day of work. Some days she was lucky and found nectar close to the hive. Other days she would have to fly far, far away to collect only the tiniest bit of pollen from far-off fields.
One day Belinda headed out in search for nectar just as she had done every morning of her working life. As she rushed out of the hive, she passed the honey tasters who were enjoying a relaxed cup of honey before work. The sight of them filled Belinda with envy, and she left the hive feeling extremely unhappy with her life. Oh, she knew that she had a fairly important job for which she should be grateful; but in her heart she yearned to accomplish more. She wanted more out of life than what she was getting. She dreamed of a better life, of being a respected individual in the bee society, and of living a comfortable, fulfilling existence. She was tired of settling for mediocrity. She wanted to move past the current boundaries of her day-to-day world and reach for the stars. But, like so many of us, she was held back by her fears, convinced that her dream was just unattainable.
Thoroughly depressed, Belinda buzzed halfheartedly along from one garden to the next, ruminating. She wished that there was some way she could change her life and become the bee she yearned to be. The more she thought about everything, the more depressed she became. But she just couldn't believe that she could rise above her circumstances and attain the life she had always dreamed of having. She just hadn't been born with the right set of skills to be more than a humble and ordinary bee, or so she thought ...CHAPTER 2
That evening Belinda returned to the hive, only to be shocked at the utter chaos that met her. Her fellow bees were buzzing hither and thither in a total state of panic.
"What's going on? What happened?" Belinda asked one of the guards near the entrance of the hive.
"We're all going starve!" the guard exclaimed in a panic.
"What do you mean? I don't understand."
"The farmer collected the honey earlier than normal! He took most of the honey! He's left us with almost no food!" The guard began to weep, completely beside himself with fear.
"The farmer took all of the honey? But why'd he do that? How are we going to feed everyone if there is no honey?!" The magnitude of the catastrophe began to tighten its grip on Belinda.
"That's not the worst of it!" The guard's eyes were wide with fright. "The larvae is hatching within the next seven days! They will all die if there's nothing to eat!" He buzzed off in state of panic.
"This is a disaster," Belinda said to herself, finding a path through the chaos. She couldn't begin to imagine what their immediate future looked like—it was too horrible to even picture!
Belinda stood in the center of the hive and watched in shock as everyone buzzed wildly in circles, too blind with terror to think logically about the situation. The longer Belinda watched, the more overwhelming became her concern for the wellbeing of the hive. Suddenly, she realized that someone needed to take control and restore order to the hive. It was clear that the hive wasn't capable of leading itself! She knew that buzzing about in panic was not going to solve their problem. She had an irresistible desire to restore order. The bees needed someone to lead them—someone had to come up with a solution to their problem.
The queen! How could I forget? Belinda felt relief wash over her. As their leader, the queen would know what to do! Hope was burning high in her heart as she rushed off to speak to the queen.
Arriving at the royal egg chamber, Belinda found the queen busy laying a new batch of eggs. Belinda kneeled elegantly in front of her.
"My Queen, I'm sorry to disturb you, but the hive is in complete chaos. We need you to take control!" Even Belinda's great respect and restraint could not conceal her distress.
"Yes, I am aware of what is going on. The farmer has really created a huge problem for us," the queen answered, momentarily pausing in her task. "I just don't know what to do," she admitted, her eyes clouded with fear. "It is impossible for me to cease laying eggs midway through the process."
"But, my Queen, we have no food! The entire hive is in disarray! No one knows what to do!" Belinda was perplexed at the queen's unwillingness to take control of her kingdom and address the situation.
"I understand the magnitude of the problem, but, as you can see, I'm completely occupied," the queen sighed heavily. She then fixed Belinda with a direct stare. "Belinda, I need you to step in for me. You must take control of the hive and find a solution to our problem."
"What? Me? But I don't know the first thing about leading a hive!" Belinda shook her head in disbelief.
"Belinda, each of us is born with the potential to do great things. Most of us never get to use or discover that potential because we never find ourselves in a situation where life demands it of us. Life in our hive has now changed in a most unfortunate manner. This will demand more from all of us. We will have to move out of our comfort zones and grow along with our new circumstances. We can only hope that in the process we will develop and become better than what we used to be." The queen was most solemn and forthright. "Belinda, instead of losing your self to panic and buzzing around with your fellow bees, you came here in search of a solution. That indicates to me that you have heaps of untapped potential just waiting to be uncovered. You are a diamond in the rough. You are on the verge of being cut and polished—and you will shine! I believe in you! I know you won't let me down! Now, go forth! Lead the hive! Find the solution to our problem."
"I will do as you ask, my Queen. I will do my best not to let you down." Belinda backed out of the chamber in a daze. How in the world she was going to be able to fulfill such an enormous promise?CHAPTER 3
The responsibility and magnitude of her task weighed heavily on Belinda as she left the queen behind in the royal egg chamber. She was only one little bee. How on earth was she going to lead the hive and save them from starvation?
Feeling the panic of the hive closing in on her, Belinda zoomed out into the cool evening air. She needed time to think. Aimlessly flying through the dark, she felt fear surrounding her like a giant net, capturing her mind and making it hard for her to think creatively as she tried to come up with a plan to save the hive.
It wasn't long before Belinda realized that she was getting nowhere on her own. She needed help. In her daily work, she had become a frequent visitor to the garden of a man named David. Over time the two of them had become good friends. Perhaps David would be able to give her some perspective and help her come up to with a solution.
Arriving at David's home, Belinda headed straight for the window that opened to the living room, where she knew she would find him spending time with his family.
"Oh, hi there, Belinda. This is a pleasant surprise!" David smiled warmly at Belinda as she landed on the coffee table in front of him.
"Hi there, David. I hope I'm not disturbing you." Belinda glanced around to see where David's family was, but he was alone.
"No, not in the least," David answered. "To what do I owe the honor of your visit?"
"I came to ask your advice. Disaster has struck the hive, and now I'm sitting with a colossal problem which I don't know how to solve." Belinda went on to explain everything that had happened.
"Wow, that really is a disaster!" David's eyes were full of concern for his little friend. "The only thing I can suggest is that you go and explain the severity of your situation to the farmer. I'm sure that once he understands the magnitude of your problem, he'll be willing to come to an agreement with you and return some of the honey."
"That's a great idea!" Belinda looked as if a crown of excitement had been perched on her head. "I don't know why I didn't think of it in the first place!"
"Don't be too hard on yourself. Sometimes you can stand too close to a problem and miss the most obvious solution!"
After spending a couple of minutes discussing this and that, Belinda bade goodbye to David and headed back to the hive to get a good night's sleep. She wanted to be well rested and refreshed for her important meeting with the farmer the next morning.CHAPTER 4
Belinda was up early the next morning, filled with a mixture of fear and excitement. Nervous energy surged through her tiny body while she readied herself for her meeting with the farmer. Everyone knew that the farmer was a short-tempered man who hated to be interrupted while he was working. In fact, in the past he had actually killed a couple of bees who had dared to interrupt him. But Belinda felt that she didn't have a choice; she simply had to take the risk. Even though she might lose her life, she had to muster up the nerve to approach the farmer and convince him to come to an agreement and return some of the honey. Gathering all of her courage, Belinda left to face him.
On her way out of the hive, she couldn't help but notice that her fellow bees seemed a lot calmer that morning, with everything in the hive slowly returning to its old rhythm and routine. The news that the queen had appointed Belinda to take control of the situation and find a solution seemed to have given everyone the reassurance they needed to continue with their daily tasks.
Flying up into the daylight, Belinda could see the farmer in the distance, busy removing honey from another hive. I can do this, Belinda kept repeating to herself. She formed a clear vision of what she wanted to accomplish and imagined a positive reaction from the farmer. Pulling all of her pluck together, Belinda flew up to the farmer, and landed on top of the hive where he was working.
"Good morning, Sir, how are you this morning?" Belinda greeted the farmer with the biggest smile she could muster.
"Good morning." The farmer was annoyed already.
"Sir, my name is Belinda Bee. I live at hive nr.54—you know, the big hive next to the cherry tree," Belinda stammered. The farmer's clear irritation with her presence was throwing her off her game a bit. It was becoming harder for her to continue envisioning anything positive emerging from this meeting.
"Yes, how can I help you?" The farmer pointedly looked at his watch. He clearly wanted to get back to work.
"Well, Sir, yesterday you arrived ahead of schedule and removed most of the honey from our hive." Belinda nervously twisted her antennae together.
"So? What's the problem?" the farmer asked impatiently.
"The problem is that you've collected honey out of schedule. Now we don't have any food for the group of larvae that's about to hatch." Reminded of her plight, Belinda answered clearly and directly, her fear and nervousness giving way to confidence and determination.
"And what do you expect me to do about it?" The farmer snorted, snatching his bee smoker up from the ground.
"Sir, I was hoping that we could come to some mutually beneficial agreement," Belinda explained more confidently, keeping her vision crystal clear in her mind. "If you will agree to return thirty percent of the honey that you took yesterday, then we will agree to give you an extra ten percent of our half of the honey for the next six months."
"You're only a bee. I don't negotiate with bees," the farmer said, staring down his nose at Belinda. "You come here to bargain with me as if I need your permission to take whatever honey I want from the hive? If you're not careful, I'll take all of your honey every week and not leave you a drop! Now get away from me! I've got a lot of work to do!" He blew his smoker at Belinda, enveloping her in a suffocating haze.
Coughing, and with burning eyes, Belinda fled, with the farmer's laughter following her all the way. This was terrible! She had failed! She couldn't understand why he was so unwilling to come to an agreement. Wasn't her proposal alluring enough? Was that why he had been so hostile? And why didn't he negotiate with bees?
Belinda was filled with questions and hopelessness. She had failed with the farmer and she failed to save the hive. What was she going to do now? How was she supposed to save the hive? Not yet ready to face the hive and admit to her failure, Belinda flew to a nearby stream and alighted on a yellow flower. There was no way she could go home without an alternative plan. She wasn't willing to give up and admit defeat. She was determined to see the problem through to the end and somehow come up with a solution.CHAPTER 5
Sitting next to the stream, Belinda allowed her thoughts to flow with the water. Soon a multitude of weird and wonderful (if not always spectacular) ideas started streaming through her mind. As she was rejecting one idea after the other, Belinda saw two ants walking over the earth, carrying a large berry between them. While Belinda watched them help each other with the load, a proper, workable plan started to form in her mind.
Buzzing with excitement Belinda made her way to the ants' nest and asked the guards at the entrance if she could speak to their queen. After a couple of minutes, the guards returned to tell her that their queen was not available for interviews; however, Belinda could speak to their general if she wished. Relieved that the ants were willing to grant her any sort of audience at all, Belinda accepted their offer and was then led into the maze of tunnels that ran through the nest. The guards took Belinda to the operations chamber, where the general was busy going over defense strategies with a group of soldier ants.
"Good day, Sir, I'm Belinda. Thank you for taking the time to see me."
"Pleased to meet you, Belinda, I'm General Hardwork. Please take a seat," the general indicated where Belinda could sit. "I must say that I was very surprised when the guards told me that there was a bee here to see me," the general smiled.
"General, I've come here today to ask your help," Belinda said, her eyes pleading. She started to explain the whole situation to him.
"What a disaster!" the general exclaimed. "But why do you think that we can help you?"
"General, it's widely known that ants are hard workers and excellent food gatherers, while bees can quickly cover great distances and find food with relative ease."
Belinda continued, "With that in mind, I was hoping that we could combine our forces, locating and transporting nectar with greater speed, thus helping us to secure high volumes of nectar within a short period of time." Belinda went into detail about how the two communities could divide everyone into teams, with the bees locating the nectar sources, and the ants transporting the nectar. "To compensate you for the loss of working time during the collaboration, we will give you one milliliter of honey for every day you spend helping us," Belinda concluded with a bouncing heart, clearly imagining a positive outcome to her proposal.
"That sounds like a great plan," the general agreed, smiling as he thought of the sweet honey reward they would receive for their efforts.
"Thank you so much! I can't tell you how much I appreciate your willingness to help. If there's ever anything we can do to help you, please don't hesitate to ask," Belinda buzzed in jubilation.
Belinda and the general then started drawing up strategic plans for the merger of their forces. If there was one thing that the general knew how to do well, it was planning and strategizing. Belinda quickly picked up on this and paid careful attention to the way he approached the situation, and she noted his reasoning behind each of his decisions. Deciding on the amount of workers needed for each task, the areas of land to be covered, and the different groups that the workers would be divided into, the two went over every aspect of their plan, discussing everything in the finest detail and leaving nothing to chance.
With the plan perfectly worked out, Belinda and the general each set off to make the necessary arrangements and preparations so that they could become fully operational early the next morning. Filled with pride, Belinda returned to the hive to share the good news with the queen and the rest of her fellow bees. In a formal meeting, Belinda shared her vision with the entire hive and made sure that they all knew exactly what was expected of them. Everyone in the hive was thrilled! With her energy and intricate details, she created quite a stir amongst her fellow bees, getting everyone hyped up and just as engrossed in her plans.
Taking what she had learned from the general, Belinda started dividing everyone into specific groups according to their talents and experience. Each group would have specific tasks to perform, which would utilize their talents and experience to the fullest. The hive was a hubbub of activity with everyone hurrying about and finishing all of the preparations before the next morning. Feeling more comfortable with her role as a leader, Belinda oversaw the different preparations and helped and advised her fellow bees whenever she could, empowering everyone with whom she came into contact. She had a good feeling about the plan and was becoming increasingly excited and impatient to become operational and save the hive.
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Table of Contents
The Story Behind the Story of "Where is My Honey?", 7,
Episode One, 12,
Episode Two, 15,
Episode Three, 21,
Episode Four, 25,
Episode Five, 31,
Episode Six, 39,
Episode Seven, 43,
Episode Eight, 50,
Episode Nine, 54,
Episode Ten, 61,
Episode Eleven, 65,