March 7

Today's quotation:

Patient people enjoy the pleasure of saying to whoever is feeling anxious about delays--restaurant servers, clerks waiting on the telephone to get your credit card verified, dry cleaners who were sure your sweater would be ready--"It's okay.  These things happen."  Patience, in a rushed world, is a shared relief.  Witnesses to patient transactions, as well as participants, all get to calm down.


Sylvia Boorstein

Today's Meditation:

I've been fortunate enough to know quite a few very patient people, and to experience what it's like to be around them.  They live with a sense of peace that impatient people just don't have.  They have a balance and an ability to go with the flow that others lack.  And because of them, I've done all that I can to develop patience in myself--to try to recognize impatience when it's surfacing and not let it take over and make me grouchy, stressed, and hurried.

The results have been very pleasant for me--and for the other people in my life.  I feel much more relaxed and peaceful, and outside forces have much less chance of upsetting me when I recognize that if I'm simply patient with what's going on--rather than trying to control situations and make them turn out as I think they should--situations tend to resolve themselves quite nicely, and people tend to find adequate and appropriate resolutions to problems.  Sometimes when I'm working on a project and it's not turning out, these days I'm able to leave it for a while and come back to it rather than trying to force it to work out. 

When we approach life with patience, we can be peaceful influences on others, which can be an extremely important contribution to make in our world of today, which is sorely lacking in peaceful influences.  We can help others to learn how to be patient, thus helping them to feel more peace and balance in their own lives.

The world is going to do what it does in its own time, and our impatience isn't going to affect the world at all--it's merely going to make us more stressed and less peaceful.  Our patience, though, can contribute a great deal by fostering our own little corners of peace, which can in turn influence others to foster their own peace.  And peace and patience are beautiful things to spread.

Questions to consider:

Why is it so easy to be impatient with others?  Do others always deserve our impatience?

What kinds of things might you do to practice developing your own patience?

What are some of the traits of impatient people?  Are they contributing to the world in positive ways?

For further thought:

Flowers do not force their way with great strife.  Flowers open to perfection slowly in the sun.  Don't be in a hurry about spiritual matters.  Go step by step, and be very sure.

White Eagle

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