"Be the Bee" - A T-shirt highlighting St. Paisios the Athonite's well-known and soul-profiting counsel to learn from the honeybee and follow it's ways.
The Venerable Elder, Saint Paisios the Athonite once said: "I know from experience that in this life people are divided in two categories. A third category does not exist; people either belong to one or the other. The first one resembles a fly. The main characteristic of the fly is that it is attracted by dirt. For example, when a fly is found in a garden full of flowers with beautiful fragrances, it will ignore them and will go sit on top of some dirt found on the ground. It will start playing around in the dirt and is quite pleased with the bad smell. If the fly could talk, and you asked it to show you a rose in the garden, it would answer: “I don’t even know what a rose looks like. I only know where to find garbage, toilets and dirt.” There are some people in life who resemble the fly. People belonging to this category have learned to think negatively and always look for the bad things in life, ignoring and refusing the presence of good.
The other category is like the bee. A bee's main activity is always looking for somewhere sweet and pleasant to rest. Even when a bee is found in a room full of dirt and there is a small piece of candy in the corner, the bee will ignore the dirt and will go to sit upon the candy. If we were to ask the bee, "Show us where the dirt is", it would answer, “I don’t know. I can only tell you where to find flowers and candy, honey and sugar". It only knows the good things in life and is ignorant of all evil. This is the second category of people who have a positive thinking and see only the good side of things. They always try to cover up the evil in order to protect their fellow men; on the contrary, people in the first category try to expose the evil and bring it to the surface.
When someone comes to me and starts accusing other people and puts me in a difficult situation, I tell him the above example. Then, I ask him to decide to which category he wishes to belong, so he may find people of the same kind to socialize with.
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The tri-blend fabric creates a vintage, fitted look. And extreme durability makes this t-shirt withstand repeated washings and still remain super comfortable. • Tri-blend construction (50% polyester/25% combed ring-spun cotton/25% rayon) • 40 singles thread weight • Comfortable and durable • Contemporary fit • Lightweight