Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience.
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson ~
You are cordially invited …invited to slow down. Be in the Moment. Breathe. Count Your Blessings. Relax. Rest. Enjoy. This invitation is as much for You as it is a reminder for me to do the same. It seems there is always somewhere to go, something to do, someone with whom to connect, a project to finish, a question to be answered, and the list goes on. What about cuddling with, snuggling up to, and nestling in the moment? What about being still and being present now?
Patience and Diligence, like faith, remove mountains.
~ William Penn ~
Imagine days gone by when transportation was by foot or horse and carriage, plumbing was outdoors only, water was something collected from the well, dinner was something caught in the wild, candlelight was more than ambiance, laundry was clothes beaten by rocks in the chilly river, and communication was hand-written letters. Thank You, God/J and the Industrial Revolution, for mass producing automobiles, clothing, cellular telephones, computers, microwaves, refrigerators, stoves, televisions, and washing machines. How quickly we have progressed to an era of modern conveniences beyond perhaps even our ancestors’ imaginations.
The passion for dominion and delight for creation drives humanity in the pursuit of better, bigger, faster, more. We live in an “instant” culture. Everything is instantly available at our fingertips, including: communication, film, food, information, literature, media, and music. Credit has allowed us to have bigger homes and more “stuff”, which seems proportional to stress. Is it coincidental that debt, health concerns, and social issues have risen in proportion to our better, bigger, faster, more philosophy? We are so conditioned to receiving things immediately that being in a checkout line or waiting a few minutes for a file to download seems like eternity. We have access to more information that we can possibly digest in several lifetimes, and we race daily to select and prioritize the most important bits to consume. I imagine our great-great grandparents having a good chuckle at us scurrying around like crazed ants, anxious to regale us with tales beginning with, “in my day”.
I have just three things to teach: simplicity, patience, compassion.
These three are your greatest treasures.
~ Lao Tzu ~
What does the Twenty-First century hold for us? Society has reached a point of critical mass where we have become inundated with “stuff”, and shows like Hoarders and Intervention show the results of consumerism on society. Engineers and global leaders are investigating how to be better stewards of Mother Earth, developing product cycles that actually benefit and cultivate the environment in the process. Changing times have inspired people to reconsider their choices and reprioritize what is most important.
Have patience with all things,
and first of all with yourself.
~ Saint Francis de Sales ~
We seem to have gotten so caught up in having everything immediately that our good friend, Patience, has gotten mixed up in the shuffle. Does Patience have a purpose today, and how well does she serve us? Wikipedia defines patience as, “the state of endurance under difficult circumstances, which can mean persevering in the face of delay or provocation without acting on annoyance or anger in a negative way; or exhibiting forbearance when under strain, especially when faced with longer-term difficulties.” An ancient proverb states that all things come to one who has patience, and Turks suggest patience is the key to paradise.
Patience is the companion of wisdom.
~ Saint Augustine ~
Patience, a cousin of Faith and Love, blesses us in exchange for our willingness to open our hearts to her. She asks that we trust all things are being sorted for our good. She invites us to believe that we are developing the skills and receiving the tools preparing us to triumph in our journey. She offers us the opportunity to explore ourselves more deeply and honestly. She gifts us with grace when we are willing to be comfortable in our own skin. She instills within us secret strength we didn’t know we possess, supreme courage to walk by faith, and the ability to surrender ourselves to a divine order beyond our control and understanding. She offers us the experience of developing, growing, and stretching ourselves, much like the caterpillar transforming into a butterfly.
Every great dream begins with a dreamer.
Always remember, you have within you the strength,
the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.
~ Harriet Tubman ~
Thomas Edison, Nelson Mandela, Conan O’Brien, and Miranda Lambert all partnered with Patience and were blessed with sweet rewards. Thomas Edison, a master inventor, who created the phonograph, motion picture camera, and long-lasting light bulb, credits common sense, hard work, and stick-to-itiveness to his success. Edison, a champion of Patience, declared, “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” Nelson Mandela’s popularity as a leader grew during his 27 years in prison, and today is a world-renown leader fostering equality, peace, and unification. Conan O’ Brien’s notoriety surged following the cancellation of his show. Loyalty to his vision brought a new show in his ideal time slot and cultivated within a more genuine, jovial personality. Miranda Lambert was nominated for various music awards in 2009, sitting through various shows graciously watching many of the awards go to Taylor Swift. The following year, Miranda became engaged to her long-time beau, Blake Shelton and won several awards on her birthday, later receiving a Grammy award. Miranda received the awards at the perfect time for her because of Patience.
A man who is a master of patience is master of everything else.
~ George Savile ~
Patience is a virtue perhaps because of the dedication and diligence required to cultivate it. It is a choice fed with steady hands, an openness to believe in the good, and a willingness to “be” with ourselves. How many of us shudder at the thought of be-ing with ourselves? We have so many wonderful distractions allowing us to superficially connect to the world. Can we embrace our naked hearts, minds, souls, and spirits, and say, “I Love You and accept You just as You are,” Patience offers us the opportunity to be here now, to be our authentic selves, to delve deeper into our secret places and to emerge with a new sense of self, a new Love for self. Patience allows us to hear the Voice of God/J within our hearts, whispering, “I Am Here. All Is Well. I Love You.”
He that can have patience can have what he will.
~Benjamin Franklin ~
Patience is a wise mentor, and I have decided to begin making friends with her. She can help me accept, grow into and Love myself and God/J in a deeper way, and in doing that, allow me to be more understanding of others. I suppose deep down the truth is our real desire is to BeLoved, and it’s much easier to be generous and loving when we feel like we have an abundance to give. Perhaps those times in line are an opportunity to make a new friend, and being in traffic is a good time to give praise for our blessings. Maybe those times where things don’t make sense and seem as if they are going awry are opportunities to be kind to ourselves and others, to Love unconditionally. Patience reveals that Peace is ours in any situation the moment we choose to be still and recognize God/J in and around us. I am inviting Patience to go with me on my journey. Will You invite her along with You, too?
©2011 Susan Stackpole www.susanstackpole.com
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