In honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, I am off from work and hanging out at home today. I have a hearty to-do list that plans on keeping me occupied, so today’s Monday Mantra post will be on the short side … and it will also be based off The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd!
Here is The Secret Life of Bees‘ description, per GoodReads:
Set in South Carolina in 1964, The Secret Life of Bees tells the story of Lily Owens, whose life has been shaped around the blurred memory of the afternoon her mother was killed. When Lily’s fierce-hearted black “stand-in mother,” Rosaleen, insults three of the deepest racists in town, Lily decides to spring them both free. They escape to Tiburon, South Carolina–a town that holds the secret to her mother’s past. Taken in by an eccentric trio of black beekeeping sisters, Lily is introduced to their mesmerizing world of bees and honey, and the Black Madonna. This is a remarkable novel about divine female power, a story women will share and pass on to their daughters for years to come.
From start to finish the book held my interest, but the last 20 or so pages were just so good and really spoke to me on a deeper level. There were so many touching quotes about forgiving others and yourself, embracing life as it is, and realizing that family is not necessarily in your bloodline – family is everyone who loves you.
So, this week’s Monday Mantra is going to be a little different – it’s going to be several mantras from The Secret Life of Bees. Enjoy!
“There is nothing perfect … only life.”
“Drifting off to sleep, I thought about her. How nobody is perfect. How you just have to close your eyes and breathe out and let the puzzle of the human heart be what it is.”
“You don’t have to put your hand on Mary’s heart to get strength and consolation and rescue, and all the other things we need to get through life. You can place it right here on your own heart. Your own heart.”
“You have to find a mother inside yourself. We all do. Even if we already have a mother, we still have to find this part of ourselves inside.”
“And when you get down to it, Lily, that is the only purpose grand enough for a human life. Not just to love but to persist in love.”
“When it’s time to die, go ahead and die, and when it’s time to live, live. Don’t sort-of-maybe live, but live like you’re going all out, like you’re not afraid.”
So good. If you’re looking for a story about inner spirituality, love without boundaries and acceptance of human imperfection, this is the book for you. I, for one, won’t be forgetting any of this book’s lessons anytime soon.
Have a great week!