Thursday, August 15, 2013

Patience



"Be patient toward all that is unsolved in your heart and try to love the questions themselves...Live the questions now.  Perhaps you will then gradually, without noticing it, live along some distant day into the answer."  
- Rainer Maria Rilke
Patience is a virtue but it is not mine.

I honestly can't remember being patient a day in my life.  It is not my default setting.    I have to CONSCIOUSLY work to SLOW DOWN.

My days are filled with ENERGETIC activity.

Like most things, this is good and bad.  I'm a fast talker.  Have a quick wit.  Am a quick study.  But I also MISS information and other people with all of my rushing around.  

My daughter makes me pay attention.  She SQUEEZES it out of my unwitting pores.
  • "Watch me dance."
  • "Listen to me sing."
  • "Can I ask you another question?"
Silvia Boorstein calls patience "unglamorous courage." Hmmm.  I do like the idea of being a warrior...

While I get that everything happens in its own time.  And aspire to the "if you love something, set it free" philosophy.  Patience is much harder to practice in reality!

How do you WAIT for the answers?  How do you remember to BREATHE in and out every day?

Jocelyn

9 comments:

MobileNPO said...

Patients is hard to come by with a 4 year old and an 18 month old! I have some exercises on my iPod to help me chill out when I really need it.

Angela Harlan said...

As a yogi and a non-profit professional, patience is a practice. It is a choice that we make each day. When we choose to feel (or be) hurried and rushed our world can feel tight and restricted. When we practice slowing down we start to notice the world suddenly becomes peaceful and at ease.

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Julia S. said...

I appreciated this post. (It reminded me of another one I read recently, "The Day I Stopped Saying "Hurry Up": http://www.huffingtonpost.com/rachel-macy-stafford/the-day-i-stopped-saying-hurry-up_b_3624798.html) I'm not a parent but I appreciate the things and people in my life who remind me to slow down: my friends, my yoga teachers, my grandma, the process of cooking dinner.

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