Bees are like that, too. They work until the end of their life span. They generally die while they’re still working, trying to get just one more load of pollen and nectar back to the hive. When their little wings wear out, they simply can’t go on.
One woman, though, who has been an inspiration to a number of generations, worked and worked and stopped before her wings wore out. She's the well-known Georgia pediatrician, Dr. Leila Denmark. You may have heard of her. She’s 113 years old now.
(photo credit, from an online article written for the National Library of Medicine,
entitled Changing the Face of Medicine: Celebrating America's Physicians)
One thing I find wonderful is that she's known for her own work, rather than just for the fact that she's lived more than a century.
We should all be so lucky.
Finding work to do that we love (and that we're willing to devote our loves to) is a rather old-fashioned concept. Many people now change their jobs almost as often as they change their underwear. Yuch! Hope that's not true.
If you're interested in learning more about Dr. Denmark, here's the link.
What a role model! Between Dr. Denmark and the bees, I have a lot to live up to.
And a long time left to do it.
Next to her, I'm just a spring chicken.
BEEattitude for Day #427:
Blessed are those who love the work they do, for they shall play every day.
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