Sting like A Bee

Sting like A Bee

Yesterday I did what I have had on my mind for some time. I started throwing out papers I have kept for several years. In doing so, I discovered an article I wrote for “The Informer” an AFT Newspaper in 1978. At that time, I went by my middle name “Bennette”. Instead of calling me “Bennette” I was simply referred to as “The Bee”. Whatever I wrote it could sting like a bee. At that time I would interview local politicians, national politicians and educators. This article appeared in the May-June issue of 1978. The title of the article was Should We Hang Together or Hang Separately? At that time I did a play on words. We could go forth joining forces with one Idea or we could go forth separately and hang ourselves. At that time my husband was president of the Birmingham AFT. Our members had several good thoughts of how we could accomplish our goal. However, our thoughts were scattered.
Here is a synopsis of what I wrote paraphrased. It could be helpful in solving difficulties in the church, community and at home.
Should We Hang Together Or Hang Separately?
As we encounter the mid-way point in the year, we sense an almost sinister mood, dispensing fears among our people. Season and non-seasoned fellow workers are becoming disgusted, having lost trust in the ones they once had full trust in.
Frequently, one hears a member of the group exclaim how he or she wished members had more input. If there is a large group, that is virtually an impossibility. Every member has a different slant on how to correct a problem.
Perhaps if we take time to analyze the causes of the delicate situation, we would be able to restore a feeling of confidence in our leaders and fellow members. People power, despite the position we hold in the organization’s hierarchy, is far greater than we might imagine. An ant can cause an elephant to tremble.
Be careful not to become too independent. There is virtue in dependence. Being merely sheltered by others does not promote growth either. It only builds a wall around you. As a church, community or family, we will survive thru gentle persuasion. We should become one in mind, thought and action. Jealousy, rivalry and mistrust are the ingredients that will tear us apart and help us destroy one another. These are the tools of the foes.
If you are looking for that utopian community, church or family, you are searching in vain. Your saving power is within you.
The mind is an instrument. Sharpen it and use it. The acquisition of power of any of life’s problems is to first know where the problem lies. Solving is part of the process of sharpening the mind. Sometimes the Lord gives us a problem to solve not to punish us but to force the giant within us to awaken.

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