“And let us not forget that comfort weakens the stock, that striving, as Pourrat said, is the condition of life, adversity it’s climate.” – Emile Warré, Beekeeping for All
Look around the world or comb through the pages of history and you will find that comfort tends to breed complacency and complacency precipitates a subtle, yet devastating corporate decay. This is as true in the world of bees as it is in the human condition and perhaps the core of the reason why the single-minded pursuit of comfort is ultimately self-destructive.
If you arrange everything in your life around maximizing your comfort, you will soften, weaken and eventually crumble. Likewise, if you fail to push yourself mentally, physically and emotionally, your body, mind and “heart” will atrophy over time. Irrespective of your belief about the theory of evolution, it is obvious that the fittest in any context tend to survive.
My latest personal challenge is beekeeping. I suspect there will be mental, physical and emotional tests along the way. I can only hope that the design of my Warré hives, which were designed in part on the principle of the aforementioned “condition of life,” allows my bees to thrive as I intend to in the process of our collaboration.
What about you? What is your défi de la journée? Strength rejoices in the challenge!