The final Friday of the month means it’s time for We Are the World Blogfest, the day for promoting positive news. It delights me to participate as an agent of pronoia along with dozens of other ambassadors highlighting feel-good news stories for us all to celebrate.
Cohosting the project this month are: Belinda Witzenhausen, Sylvia McGrath, Sylvia Stein Shilpa Garg, Eric Lahti. Do check out their posts, along with everyone else participating, and feel free to join us here.
If you’ve spent any time with me you’ll know I have a deep connection and great love for bees.
I’ve been following artist Matt Willey’s work for some time, ever since he initiated his project “The Good of the Hive.” He’s on a mission to paint 50,000 honey bees on murals across the world to raise awareness of the importance of these creatures and the dangers they are facing.
But the actual story I want to share this month is about his collaboration with a young boy, Xander, who last summer received a cochlear implant to help him regain a measure of his hearing. Xander, being a fan of Matt’s work and a bee-lover himself, was thrilled to have Matt paint one of his 50,000 bees on the external portion of his cochlear implant. And now Xan wears a symbol that invites conversations and raises awareness about the issues facing our honeybees. You can read about his story and watch a short video here.
Kudos to Xander – what an inspiration our young ones are! And kudos to Matt for his dedication to this project. May we all be inspired to do everything in our power to implement the changes necessary to save our bees.