Patience, Grasshopper


This week’s message is very short, just a sentence, though it’s certainly one heckuva packed sentence. It has to do with patience, something that I’ve (and I’m sure almost everybody) has struggled with from time to time. It can be frustrating, consuming and downright discouraging when you have a goal that doesn’t occur in the timeframe you had in mind. And we Americans live in such an instant gratification society; patience isn’t always our strongest virtue.

I also know that there are times when desire is so intense that it overshadows everything else. When this happens, it leaves little room for joy in the present moment. But isn’t present moment actually all we’ve got? Life is just one long string of present moments, so if we’re always thinking about future desires without any thought of what’s going on right now, we’re not really living at all.

If you find yourself feeling frustrated or unhappy that something in particular hasn’t yet come your way, take a look around and see what you presently have that is working. No matter how tough things are, we can always find something. Whatever is it, make a practice of appreciating something in the present moment. For instance, do you despise shopping, but need to do a few things? Maybe the checker has a pleasant disposition. Allow yourself to appreciate that. Take time to notice flowers, sunshine, rain, a smile, words of a loved one… There are so many little things along the course of a day to be grateful for. They don’t always have to be loud, grand or accompanied by thunderclap. Gathering the small stuff is what makes life sweet. Then when the loud, grand thunderclaps occur, that’s just icing on the cake.

Wishing you extra-large slices of pie, and a life filled with plenty of frosting.

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From Over There:
“Only through a desire to enjoy the journey will you have patience to endure the path.”

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