Posts Tagged ‘patience’


Try not to resist the changes that come your way.

Instead let life live through you.

And do not worry that your life is turning upside down.

How do you know that the side you are used to

is better than the one to come?



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John O’Donohue in:

To Bless The Space Between Us


Now that you have entered with an open heart

into a complex and fragile situation,

hoping with patience and respect

to tread softly over sore ground in order    

that somewhere beneath the raw estrangement   

some fresh spring of healing might be coaxed   

to release the grace for a new journey   

beyond repetition and judgment,     

and have achieved nothing of that,   

emerged helpless, and with added hurt….


Withdraw for a while into your own tranquility,   

loosen from your heart the new fester.   

free yourself of the wounded gaze   

that is not yet able to see you.   

Recognize your responsibility for the past.   

Don’t allow your sense of yourself to wilt.   

Draw deep from your own dignity.   

Temper your expectation to the other’s limits,   

and take your time carefully,   

learning that there is a time for everything   

and for healing too….  

but that now is not that time….yet.


Now is the time to free the heart,   

let all intentions and worries stop,   

free the joy inside the self,   

awaken to the wonder of your life.


Open your eyes and see the friends   

whose hearts recognize your face as kin,   

those whose kindness watchful and near,   

encourages you to live everything here.


See the gifts the years have given,   

things your effort could never earn,   

the health to enjoy who you want to be   

and the mind to mirror mystery.

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We would never do anything

that didn’t make our heart sing!…

And so you say,

“But that choice doesn’t seem to be there.

There’s this choice that doesn’t make my heart sing,

or sort of staying where I am.

So what should I do?”

And we say, we’d hang around

and wait for something

that makes our heart sing—

and then we’d jump in

with all four feet.

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rarely happens when you ask for it,

nor does it typically come from

who or where you expect.

It usually comes a bit later,

from someone you didn’t even know

when you first asked,

as a result of some weird

turn of events

that were impossible to foresee.

So, chill.

Be patient.

Enjoy the moment.

And let your friends,

employers, and partners

off the hook.

Besides, they’re going to have enough to deal with

when the BIG THING does arrive,

if you know what I mean.

Won’t be long,

The Universe- Mike Dooley

P.S. Patience is cool. Really cool.

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Have patience with all things,

but chiefly have patience

with… yourself.

Do not lose courage

in considering your own imperfections

but instantly set about remedying them –

every day begin the task anew.

~Saint Francis de Sales

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harvest moon

Exploring Our Readiness
In-Between Times

It could be argued that life is more about

the time spent waiting for something to happen

than it is about something happening.

What this means is that the big events in our lives

are preceded by many days and nights

of dreaming, planning, organizing, and waiting.

The times of waiting in between the big events

actually constitute the majority of our lives.

These in-between times are anything but uneventful.

In fact, they are rich with possibility

and filled with opportunities

for reflection and preparation.

Like a pregnant woman

awaiting the birth of her child,

we have a finite period of time

in which to prepare internally and externally

for the upcoming event

that will define a new chapter in our lives.

When we find ourselves in an in-between time,

we often can’t help but feel impatient

for the impending event.

We just want to get to the future

and have the new baby…

the new job…

or the new house.

And yet, there is a reason

a pregnancy takes nine months to fulfill itself.

Nature provides the expectant parents

with this time so that they can prepare the nest.

This preparation plays out on many levels.

Materially, a space must be created in the home

and resources must be set aside for the baby’s future;

psychologically, a shift must occur

in which the psyches of both parents

agree to be responsible for a new life in the world;

and emotionally, the heart must open wider

to embrace and fulfill a new love.

Whenever you find yourself in such a time of waiting,

you might want spend time exploring

your material, psychological, and emotional readiness.

For example, if you are preparing to move to a new city,

you could make a list of things you’d like to do

in the city you will be leaving behind,

then go to your favorite places

and spend time with old friends.

This way, you will remain fully engaged in the present

as you await your future,

savoring the in-between time

as a vital experience in itself.


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