“The Bumblebee’s wings are too small for it to fly but the Bumblebee doesn’t know that, so it flies”

I just love this quote!  It illustrated how important and powerful beliefs are in our lives.  If the bumblebee really believed its wings were too small, it would just crawl around.  It would just exist.  But it actually believe’s it can fly, so it does.  The Bumblebee is free and is living out its full potential.  What a great reminder to all of us that we must believe to fully live out our lives.

“During the 19th century, there lived a dynamic tightrope-walker and showman named Charles Blondin. He was undoubtedly the greatest dare devil that ever lived. His thirst for new and daring stunts was unquenchable. In 1859, at the age of 35, he became the first person to cross Niagara Falls on a tightrope, 1100 feet long and 160 feet above the water. But just crossing this rope was not enough; history reports that Blondin accomplished this feat numerous times, always with different theatric variations: blindfolded, in a sack, on stilts, carrying a man on his back, and sitting down midway while he cooked and ate an omelet.

Back and forth he went, dazzling the onlookers with his brilliant skill. They were amazed. He made every crossing without a hitch. One day, as the crowd gathered, he stepped off the wire, grabbed an empty wheelbarrow, and stepped back onto the perilous wire. Again, he proceeded to amaze the crowd as he pushed this wheelbarrow back and forth high above the crashing falls.

After he made his way back to the crowd, he stepped off the tight-rope a second time, looked straight at the astonished crowd and asked this question. “Who believes I can walk across this wire with a wheelbarrow?” Every hand shot up. They had just witnessed this masterful feat.

While all the hands were still raised, he pointed at a young man in the front row and said, “Please sir, get in the wheelbarrow.” Quickly the hands went down, including the young man’s, as he slipped away through the crowd, escaping to safety.

The problem was, the man’s belief was only intellectual; otherwise, he would have stepped into Blondin’s wheelbarrow.

This unique story illustrates a real life picture of what belief actually is. The crowd watched these daring feats. They said they believed. But… their actions proved they truly did not believe.

Similarly, it is one thing for us to say we believe in Sobriety. True belief requires action. It is action that gives belief its power. This is true in all areas of life. Yet most people’s beliefs never venture out of the safe arena of intellect, an arena that requires no commitment and no action.”   – Author unknown

So if we really believe in something, we will prove it by our actions!

Neale Donald Waslch said it best:

“All behaviors are sponsored by beliefs. You cannot make a long-term change in behaviors without addressing the beliefs that underlie them. Seek to change beliefs, not behavior. After a belief, the behavior will change by itself. You can take whatever action you want to take to alter someone else’s behavior or to stop it, but unless you alter the beliefs that produce such behavior, you will alter nothing and stop nothing. You can alter belief in two ways. Either by enlarging upon it, or by changing it completely.”

Wow!  Waking up to this is life changing but we must back it up by what we do.  So le’ts all be like the Bumblebee and believe in ourselves.

Thank you so much for reading.  Have an awesome week ahead!

Todd Sylvester