Drive On, Worker Bee

People are like cars. Some are newer, sportier models, zipping down the street, engines freshly oiled and cranked for speed. Some are reliable sedans or mini-vans. They get where they’re going. Some are older models that have weathered many storms, but are in need of an oil change every now and then.

(Where is she going with this? I hear you whispering.)

Lately, I’ve felt like the old model slowly making its way on the road, while the newer models zip around me, heading toward opportunities beckoning toward them that older models seem denied.

Of course, that’s a matter of perception. But man, I’ve felt beaten down lately.

Recently, I received this badge in the mail:

I have to thank Andy of City Jackdaw for it. He told me that the worker bee is the symbol of Manchester—a reminder of its industrial past. But it’s also a reminder of their resilience in the wake of the May 22 bombing at the Manchester Arena.

I needed this reminder, as I consider my life. Worker bee? Check. I’m happiest when I’m working on something. Resilience? Why do I always forget how necessary that is? Haven’t I lived long enough to know that you have to persevere through hard times? Rejections, money issues, writer’s block, loud neighbors, illness, the death of a loved one (I’ve experienced all of the above recently), breakups—they pop up like potholes here and there on the road of life. It’s our choice whether to stall out or drive on—to persevere through them.


I’m grateful for friends who prayed for me and encouraged me through this dry season, where I’ve felt trapped in a canyon surrounded by walls of doubt; a place where I can barely write even a grocery list. Words fail me. This too shall pass, they say.

I’m suddenly reminded of some lines from Peter Pan—“second [star] to the right and straight on till morning.” Sounds like driving directions to me. I know you can’t get to Neverland by car. You need pixie dust for that. But I can return to a state of wonder—a place I see just over the horizon—if I keep on driving.

Have you felt stuck in a canyon lately? What did you do to climb out and keep going?

Photos by L. Marie. Cutie Cars by Moose Toys.

46 thoughts on “Drive On, Worker Bee

    • Yes, Jill. And you are the person I think of often when I think of perseverance. I can’t help thinking of Crohn’s and Woman’s World and Harlequin and contests. You have persevered through all of them! You are a definite inspiration.

  1. Cool badge and I love the car analogy. As for getting out of a canyon, I haven’t really figured that out for myself. Think I’m working on building a cabin and seeing if there’s any advantage to being down here. 😛

  2. Oh, L. Marie, you’ve touched a nerve (several, actually) in your drive-by analogy and what a great badge from Andy. Those canyons can be quite deep. I love the Peter Pan quote, which actually fills me with a measure of calm as I grapple with my own canyon right now.

  3. “It’s our choice whether to stall out or drive on—to persevere through them.”

    When we were going through extreme issues with our eldest years ago, an elderly woman I hardly knew but I saw occasionally at baby showers and such came up to me from out of nowhere, hugged me and whispered in my ear…PERSEVERE!
    Nothing more, nothing less.
    Then, she released her embrace, turned from me and slowly walked away before I could grasp the significance of her message and before the tears began to form…

    Here’s to His messages given to us through orange rooms and quilts and worker bees.

  4. I “use” that quote from Peter Pan as a gentle reminder that we never know what’s around the next bend in the highway . . . so we should “ditch the despair” and keep on trucking! I also custom tailor mantras and affirmations to help me be patient while waiting for the path to unfold before me:

    And (best of all!) I find things to laugh about. Every day.

    Going through life without a sense humor is like driving over potholes and boulders without shock absorbers. Life is better with laughter ~ it helps us enjoy the journey, bumps and bruises and all.

    And if we are enjoying the journey, we win! No matter what happens . . .

  5. Love the badge! Sorry to hear you’ve been through so much recently. Maybe the canyon is like that really bad hotel we’ve all stayed in at some point – not fun at the time, but a fund of stories when we look back at it from the future. And maybe the next hotel we visit will be a 5 star with a spa…

  6. “But I can return to a state of wonder—a place I see just over the horizon—if I keep on driving.” I love this sentence for two reasons. First, it offers a glimmer of hope from that deep canyon and also, it’s a reminder that it’s up to us to continue on.

  7. I’d like to hug you, but I guess a long-distance hug will have to do. It sounds like you’ve had a lot to deal with lately. I admire you for talking about it to your friends and on your blog.

    As an old car who’s been through a few canyons, I guess I would say, there’s nothing wrong with allowing yourself to feel sorrow. Take a brief rest from being strong and enthusiastic. And then get back up and find something to be happy about. Give yourself a pat on the back for your strength and accomplishments.

    This is a well written post. You’ve got the words, girl.

    Love you.

  8. Well, Miss L., I didn’t get a chance to read this when you first posted, but I read it when I was meant to read it. Surely it is encouragement and support for what I posted today on my blog. Also, you know I can certainly relate to the writer’s block. For now, I’m working on that grocery list. 😉

    Thank you for sharing your feelings and the inspiration you’re using to help to motivate yourself.

  9. I’ve been learning perseverance too, and appreciate your thoughts. Sending hugs your way! Along with them are hopes that our paths will cross again soon. I’m looking at blasting my way out, taking matters into my own hands rather than letting the whims of other bring or deny me happiness.

  10. Linda, I am sending you a cyber-hug as well. It’s so hard to even read the paper these days without feeling overwhelmed, not to mention all of the personal challenges and hurdles that you are presently facing. I wish that newspapers would feature more positive stories to keep us all going. I think that would bring out the worker bee in all of us.

    • Hi, Kate! Thank you for your cyber hug! 😊 Yes, the news is full of bad news. I also wish we could see more positive stories.

      By the way, your tea book is such wonderful bedtime reading for me. As soothing as a cup of tea.

  11. I like the courage, the resilience and the perseverance you ewpress in this post , Linda . You have deserved your badge wearing the Manchester bee .
    You ask if I had felt sometimes like in a canyon ? At my age , this is certain . And next year I foresee some trials but let time flow..
    Love ❤

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