Nest: Day 35
Functioning in the hive.
If you aren’t bee-phobic, you will agree that the buzzing of these delightful pollinators is one of the loveliest sounds of summer. Today’s post is about cooperation. And who is more cooperative than the bee?
I hope in your household that you’re the queen bee and you get to give orders to your drones and workers. If so, tell them to get their junk out of your way.
Sadly, few of us live like the eusocial bees. And therefore we have recalcitrant workers and reluctant drones in our little colonies. It’s so tempting, when we’re shoveling our shitspots, polishing our places, and delving into D-Days with passion, to scream at our housemates to move their worthless collection of auto magazines, get rid of their rusty tools, and keep their undies off the floor.
This is not the recommended approach. Habithacker believes you can’t force someone else to become as wonderful, organized, and spiritually advanced as you yourself are. You can only lead by example.
So what do you do about OPS (other peoples’ shit)? I’m guessing you’ve not yet run out of places in your house where you can D-Day your own stuff. Continue to work your habithacker magic on the items you own. Ignore the crap that belongs to your husband/wife/children/roommates/partners. It’s possible that a certain enchantment will happen and that, inspired by your example, the others will begin to clear their own cells, thus adding to the zen calm of the honeycomb.
But if they don’t, simply think of them as larva. They’re not on your level. Not yet. Try to be patient. Later in the program, we’ll come up with more methods to deal with other people’s shit. Like the silent, yet communicative bee, continue sorting through your stuff, doing your special bee dance of decluttering.
(On the other hand, in a future posting, you will learn the dark art of what we call Black OPS. Emergency dumping of other peoples’ shit. You are not yet ready for this, my little queen bees, but stay tuned.)