• Mary Ruth Velicki

When Life Stings

Updated: Oct 6


Photo: Ana Maria Wright

I was strolling down the beach, fretting about a situation and a relationship, when a bee stung me on the heel. It hurt and I began to limp. I thought about how difficult it was going to be to get to my husband who was sitting on the sand about a half-mile down the beach.


After I made sure the stinger was out, I kept walking at my normal pace while the waves rushed over my feet. I felt much better, and that's when this insight popped into my mind:


Pain is part of the human condition- it’s just the way things are. It will always be present. These challenges are not simply something to avoid, to fix, or to overcome.They are to be savored in a more light-hearted way. Stay present and curious, and you can learn and grow.You don’t have to figure it all out with your analytical mind. Calm down and listen for guidance.


Looking back, I can see that this experience is also a metaphor of what to do when life stings us. We should take care of ourselves (remove that stinger), keep moving, and let spiritual comfort and guidance flow in.



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