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88 Days ’til 40: Waiting Patiently

25 Nov

 

Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience. ~ Ralph Waldo Emmerson

I have just three things to teach: simplicity, patience, compassion.  These three are your greatest treasures. ~ Lao Tzu

A man who is a master of patience is master of everything else. ~ George Savile

Genius is the eternal patience. ~ Michelangelo

Patience…. the never-ending lesson.  Most people I know have struggled to master this.  Learning this lesson is hard, as in order to learn to master the art of patience, it requires a person to be subjected to multiple life situations that take time…. that force patience to come.

Whether the situation is relationships, conflict in countries, semester grades or a new job, it is hard to wait.

I have, and continue to work on the art of patience.  I find that it is easier to be patient when I pause and take a moment to be thankful for all that I have, all that is going well in my life.  When I am able to express gratitude for all that I have today, it is easier for me to endure the waiting as different life situations work themselves out for tomorrow.

Today, 88 days ’til 40, I am so thankful for so many things in my life – as I result, I can be patient as I wait for the little (or not so little) things to work themselves out – no matter what happens, I am thankful, and I am fortunate.

~400daystil40

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22 responses to “88 Days ’til 40: Waiting Patiently

  1. buckwheatsrisk

    November 25, 2012 at 00:46

    never heard of that word before ;-)

     
  2. walkwiththerabbi

    November 25, 2012 at 01:10

    Man – we ALWAYS seem to be “tracking” together. To see what I mean, check out http://www.thewalkbook.com. I love the Lao Tzu quote. The antithesis is “He/she who won’t control their emotions, can’t control their life.”

     
  3. nijah06

    November 25, 2012 at 07:10

    Your cat is so cute.He looks so cuddly now I want a cat.

     
    • 400daystil40

      November 25, 2012 at 17:08

      Yes, she is cute, and mostly cuddly… except when the claws emerge!

       
  4. Another Thousand Words

    November 25, 2012 at 13:03

    You know, 400, even though I’m a quarter century older than you, it was difficult to learn patience…and occasionally, I still ‘lose’ patience (but always manage to find it again!). I feel, since I’ve been following here, you’ve not just gotten 6 or 8 months older, but you’ve become wiser (than the average bear–Haha!). Your self-esteem have gone up quite a few notches…but you’ve retained that lack of egoism so many deem necessary to demonstrate when beginning to understand themselves.

    Keep up the great posts…and have a restful Sunday!

     
    • 400daystil40

      November 25, 2012 at 17:07

      Thank you so much for all of the compliments! We will see if I am really wiser – perhaps it is an act!!! :) :) As for egos, none of us deserve to have them – we are all replaceable in this world……. I can’t stand egos….. please scream at me if I seem to develop one!

       
      • Another Thousand Words

        November 26, 2012 at 04:12

        Oh, scream back at me, please! Though, I catch myself, and there’s always something that comes along to humble me and remind me who I am…just a human being trying to do better and grow more.

         
  5. Long Life Cats and Dogs

    November 25, 2012 at 13:29

    Patience is a difficult one and seems to be getting harder in this “instant gratification” world we now live in, with cell phones, internet, etc.

     
    • 400daystil40

      November 25, 2012 at 17:05

      Yes, you are so correct, instant gratification is a big problem in this world today!

       
  6. knitxpressions

    November 25, 2012 at 16:52

    I love that quote from Lao Tzu, I think that’s well said. Thank you for sharing that =)

     
  7. saymber

    November 25, 2012 at 20:14

    “I find that it is easier to be patient when I pause and take a moment to be thankful for all that I have, all that is going well in my life. When I am able to express gratitude for all that I have today, it is easier for me to endure the waiting as different life situations work themselves out for tomorrow.” This is what my husband and I do ALOT – especially right now as we are in a sort of pergatory waiting for him to finish welding certification and get a job.

     
    • 400daystil40

      November 26, 2012 at 09:13

      I think this is a lesson that I have yet to perfect…. always a challenge!!!

       
  8. kenthinksaloud

    November 25, 2012 at 20:43

    A good thought and one I have definitely needed for today. Thank you!

     
  9. pamela68

    November 25, 2012 at 22:45

    I’ve been learning a lot from the architect Antonio Gaudi who learned to design from nature. I think there is a lot we can learn from nature

     
    • 400daystil40

      November 26, 2012 at 09:12

      Ah yes, his work is so interesting – I have seen it in person!!! :)

       
  10. Tovah

    November 27, 2012 at 08:47

    On the nail @Pamela68 everything happens in God’s good time (not mine)

     

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