The other day, I read a quote by Mary Kay Ash, which said, “Aerodynamic engineers studied the bumblebee and decided that it simply should NOT be able to fly! It’s wings are too weak and its body too heavy for flight. Everything seems to tell the bumblebee, you’ll never get off the ground, but I like to think that maybe – just maybe – our Divine Creator whispered, you can do it. So it did!

My name Deborah means bee. Sometimes I like to compare myself to a bumblebee. I feel weak and my body is to heavy to move. I am pretty much sweet until you make me mad, then I can have a wicked sting. I do work hard – most of the time – unless I decide to be the Queen Bee and let all my drones do the work. (Just kidding!) I never knew that aerodynamic researchers thought the bumblebee could not fly.


I sometimes think that about myself.  It’s hard sometimes to deal with the stresses of life, the anxiety and the struggle with depression that acts as the fly swatter that wants to squish me. Then I remember where I have come from,  being almost 300 pounds, not able to even walk around the block without having to call someone to come pick me up because I couldn’t breathe – down  110 pounds  and then back up 50 pounds, because of stress and ankle surgery. I have to remind myself every day that I am healthier than I was. I have to remind depression to take a back seat because, I am stronger than I think I am and I never want to go back to the old Debbie – the bumblebee that thought it could not fly.

Because I can! I can fly! I know sometimes I rant and rave and complain about working out and eating healthy, but deep down, I know that it is what I need to do. Just as the Divine Creator believed his creation could fly, I have a lot of people who support me and believe that I too can fly.  My fitness trainer, my husband, my kids and my friends, believe that I can fly. And there are days when I surprise myself, by getting up early in the morning and getting my mile in before I even get to the gym. 

How does that song go? I believe I can fly! I believe I can touch the sky! That’s how I feel when I believe in myself and when I believe the people who tell me, “you can do it!” Thank you to those who believe in me. 


Thanks for reading…..

Positively, Debbie

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