December 27


Today's quotation:

Patience is power.  With time and patience, the mulberry leaf becomes silk.

Chinese proverb

Today's Meditation:

The end of the year is a very good time to be thinking about patience.  This is the time when we're thinking about what we want to accomplish during the year to come, and when we reflect upon all that we've done in the year now past.   Sometimes there enters into our minds a sense of hurry as we consider the changes we want to make in our lives.  That's where New Year's Resolutions tend to come from-- the desire to make immediate changes, effective on a particular day, and supposedly to last for the rest of our lives.

Life doesn't allow us to work that way, though.  Anything that I've ever done that has had lasting value has taken time.   Writers need to work through first and second drafts.  Builders need to build foundations and lay pipes and electrical lines before they ever can turn a building into living or working spaces.  Pretty much everything in life follows processes, and when we accept that fact, we can allow those processes to work themselves out, turning the finished product into something special.

As the New Year comes around, be patient with yourself.  Don't expect to be a completely different person on January 1 than you were on December 31.  Rather, if there is anything about your life that you feel is worth making a resolution about, make a resolution to start the process of change and allow yourself the time to make the change real and lasting.  That doesn't mean to put off making the change without committing yourself to it-- it's still important that we start the process in earnest.  But just as a seed put into the earth doesn't immediately become a towering oak or maple, neither do the changes we start with ourselves immediately turn us into different people. 

Questions to consider:

What kinds of changes would you like to make in your life?

What kinds of processes will be necessary to go through to make those changes?

How can you know how to start the processes necessary to effect change?

For further thought:

Life on the farm is a school of patience; you can't hurry the crops or make an ox in two days.

Henri Fournier Alain

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