This week’s post is about a subject that is near and dear to me, as it is one of my life goals to further develop my patience.
Fortunately or unfortunately — depending on how you look at the cup of life — circumstances that I have been dealing with (or compelled to embrace) have been teaching me the importance and necessity of a greater level of patience from within. I know that is good, but I have not found it to be easy.
Being married to a man (nearly) 25 years my senior has provided an excellent in-house university at which I can study and further develop the art of patience. As a man in his 70′s, Reg has had to accept the terms of getting older: your mind and body begin to fail and falter over time. There is nothing you can do about that, so it is better to look on the bright side and be grateful that you are here to experience them versus NOT being here — meaning you have passed on and left before you had the chance to firsthand experience these challenges. Watching and helping Reg embrace his age and health related challenges has taught me much about life and about the creed of embracing things we cannot change.
I have also been experiencing some work-related challenges that have helped me further develop my patience. Having a book published earlier this year has been a real rollercoaster ride. The book was printed and ready for distribution in late February, but it took a full month following that for it to reach the hands of media and contributors. And just because a book has been sent to members of the media doesn’t mean that they will immediately read or review the book. Or that they even received it! So we wait, sometimes not so patiently, for media reviews to appear. Thus far, I have been very grateful for any reviews and coverage that has appeared, for they have been positive and encouraging. But Oprah hasn’t called and no big breaks have occurred — yet. I am patient. They will come. Yes, this is a mantra that I have been repeating the past month or so. I thank my new friend, Christine Smith, who has helped me embrace the importance of mantras and the power of intention.
I have also learned much about the power of patience from my cat. Don’t laugh! Felines possess the highest level of patience imaginable. Think about the images you have seen on television, where lions and other big cats sit waiting patiently for just the right moment to attack. For the most part, Junior is a very patient creature and welcome member of our family. He is happy to be here. He chose to be here. And for the most part, he is grateful for each and every happening of each and every day. So there you have it. I live with two wise gray-haired “gentlemen” who are helping me to become an aging gracefully wiser woman. (We’ll hold the gray hair for many years to come thank you very much. )
This post was inspired by a series of quotes I encountered on the Beliefnet site, and I particularly liked the one that follows. I’d love to hear your own thoughts on patience. Has it come easy to you or is it a constant struggle as it has been with me?
Art of Patience
“Learn the art of patience. Apply discipline to your thoughts when they become anxious over the outcome of a goal. Impatience breeds anxiety, fear, discouragement and failure. Patience creates confidence, decisiveness, and a rational outlook, which eventually leads to success.”