Have Patience my dear
Go: go, go, rush, rush, rush, now, now, now the sound track to a life without patience.
Currently colleagues patience is stretching as I adapt to new work spaces with steep learning curves. In creating a home I need to be patient. My drama lamas are lessons in patience. Following is my self review and quotes that have prompted me.
Patience, persistence and perseverance
“Patience, persistence and perspiration make an unbeatable combination for success”.
It is easy to get drawn into thinking everything has to be done stat with instant reward and quick response time. A builder gave an insight of this unreality with television reality programs came consumers misguided expectations of homes being built pronto! In old photos Dad is seen clearing a bush block, gathering granite and timber to use in the build. It was patience, persistence and perspiration that created Warrawilla the farm.
Are we prepared to roll up our sleeves, get dirty, allow time to observe, to methodically, patiently create a future?
Can we pace ourselves ?
Computers have a quicker response time, coffee can be instant but growing a life takes …
Two Powerful warriors are patience and time
Many things I do now take less time than in the past. It is easy to forget where we have come from and the time investments made. There were mistakes and retrys in grasping skills such as driving a car. Learning involves repetition and practice creating our foundations set in patience and time. Martial arts, Yoga, Qi gong practitioners demonstrate this in their powerful energising practices.
The opposite of patience is the abrupt energy of anger with its quick hostile response to situations. I have been observing when I am boiling towards an angry melt down, that this is the time I need to exhale attitude and slowly breath in patience. Breath out … breath in repeat often.
” At the bottom of patience one finds heaven ” West African saying
The reward of patience is witnessing what grows. At times it may feel as far away as heaven. Walking in the bush is a moment of heaven on earth. I see trees that have slowly germinated grown to their majestic stature with a leafy canopy shading us. These trees have patiently seen generations of people mature.
What slice of heaven are we patiently building for all to share? Long term visionaries applied patience to create what we enjoy now. It is at the very point of giving up that knowledge and success come.
Be here now and wait
When I am impatient, I am not present. I chaotically speed forward to a future with set expectations. There is no give or flexibility with impatience. It comes with a rigid defensive stance that does not allow me to adapt.
“Be patient my dear ..” rings in my ears a memory of words from my Nana’s generation. In her life she had to accept having no control and wait till the war ended to be reunited with Papa. It did not mean she never had frustration or impatience it was her awareness of how she was acting that modeled patience.
Lichen and moss slowly gather on a chair, it act as a reminder to halt the need for speed.
Sit and ponder
“Have patience my dear”
This is an inspirational TED talk on patience