The bee, queen of the hive, flew from My Hymettus to the top of Mount Olympus with some of her freshest and tastiest honey from her combs, to present to Zeus, king of the gods. Zeus was so delighted with the gift that he offered to grant the bee any wish she desired. The bee thought for a while and her request was as follows: “I would like a sting so that I am able to kill a mortal who comes near my hive or near my honey.” Zeus was not happy with this request as he had a deep love for the human race, but he had promised the queen bee he would grant her a wish, so he responded to the request: “A sting you shall have, but know that when you sting a mortal, you shall lose your life from the loss if the sting.” The moral of the story: never ask for evil to befall your enemies – evil will rebound. And that is how the bee came to have only one sting.
Writing – a physical act of ‘putting pen to paper’, but it is so much more. It is about your soul, it is about how you think and how the world manifests for you. If you can speak, you can write.
Why the fear?
Writing makes us vulnerable – when we speak the words disappear, but when we put words to paper, we feel committed – our soul is committed. But writing is also empowering – it is gives us a freedom to feel, to create, to be whoever we want to be.
“I can’t spell”
“I don’t understand grammar”
“English is not my first language”
“What will I write?”
“No one wants to read what I have to say”
“Other people are so much better than me”
These are just excuses….
Some of the best writers can’t spell – they get someone to read over anything they write, or publish. We all have different skills and for some, spelling is it.
You do not need to understand grammar to write – there are people who can check things for you.
There are millions of people who write in their second, third or forth language. Many write in their mother tongue and have their work translated. If you can speak English, you can write English.
Every thought in your head is something you can ‘put on paper’. Every dream you have is a story. Every opinion you have is a piece. Your heart, your soul and your mind is what you can write about.
We like to believe that what goes on in our heads is unique – but millions and millions of people have the same pains, the same challenges, the same ideas…. you will be surprised. And writing with a pen name is always an easy option if you don’t feel confident to be YOU in your writings. You are a specialist in your field – whatever industry you are in. You have knowledge people are eager to hear and all sorts of life experiences that other are going through – you are unique. Your writing will be unique. We all have a life filled with stories…
Have your read ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’? It is one of the worst written books ever, and the book has made millions and millions.
If you have ever muttered the words “I wish I could write”, then you need to consider the following:
1. Do you write emails?
2. Do you write posts on social media?
And if you say yes to either of both, then you DO WRITE!
How to start…
1. Take out some paper (the process of writing and not typing is more powerful for some)
2. Get a pen or a pencil out
3. And write the following words – Today I start my writing journey
The rest will happen for you….it will come alive.
And you do not need to show anyone your writing until you are ready….but just DO IT!
The Aloe Vera plant is indigenous to Africa but it will flourish anywhere that is warm and dry. It is not a cactus, but a succulent and a member of the lily family. Interestingly, garlic, onion and asparagus are part of the same family. The plant is generally classified as a small bushy plant with very fleshy leaves – only 1-1.5% of the plant is solid and the rest is water, which is perfect to moisturize the skin. Aloe Vera truly is one of nature’s most wonderful ingredients for the skin.
Honey Bees are amma-zing – they have five eyes and can carry half their weight in pollen.
In winter, you won’t see any Honey Bees around. That is not because they are hibernating, it is just that they slow down and spend their time huddled together to stay warm.
To make one jar of honey, Honey bees have to fly the distance of approximately twice around the planet.
Humans rely on plants to survive and more than a third of the food we eat is pollinated by insects and Honey Bees.
Honey is in actual fact nectar that bees have regurgitated and then dried out.
There are over 20,000 known bee species on earth and only a fraction of all the species are Honey Bees.