Nature's Secret Is Patience
We aren't born with patience. We develop this trait. Trials and challenges that are sprinkled through life's journey actually help us to learn patience. Too many of us go through life announcing that we are simply impatient, as though there's nothing that can be done about it. This just isn't true.
We can develop patience, like any other skill, such as learning to play a musical instrument. We have to work at it, practice, and be aware of the times we are impatient.
One of our best teachers for learning patience is mother nature. She teaches us to allow time for things to unfold as described in the following poem.
Allow Time for Things to Unfold
Patience, the necessary ingredient to complete all tasks
The trees grow as they want to
Each creature lives by its cycles
Impatience is alien to nature
Patience matters in all of life
The birth of a baby
The growth of the harvest
The healing of the heart
The art of patience
The greatest power manifesting love
We are the master of our own destiny
Cultivate patience for yourself
Only time brings growth
Acceptance and faith
The keys to patience
The moon and the sun
Awaits its time to shine
Patiently waiting its turn
Ministering light to all
Patience, the brother of wisdom
Nature, time and patience
Three great physicians
Allow time for things to unfold.
Impatience is a Quality That's not Only Alien to Nature, but Life-Threatening
Patience And Self Control
One of the highest moral standards is patience. Patience is indeed a virtue. When you exhibit patience, you are showing persistence, and a commitment to wait until the results you want comes to you.
Many times, in my life, patience has rewarded me in another way. While waiting for a particular result, I've actually come up with a better idea...much better than my original goal.
Many of us are guilty of feeling that we fail, in a certain area, or with a certain project, when all we need to do is to exert patience. We give up too soon on our dreams, we tell ourselves we have no talent, and we talk ourselves into believing we aren't smart.
Nature doesn't do this. The size of a tree doesn't make it any smarter. A flower never compares its beauty with another flower. Nature is the perfect teacher when it comes to teaching us patience.
Some people seem to be born with patience, and maybe they are. In my case, I developed patience as a child. My father was extremely patient. I believe that through his example, patience became second nature to me.
But even though I'm patient there have been times when I've had to use every bit of self-control not to give in to my emotions. Many of my piano students have been instrumental in testing my patience and I thank them. It's going through times of conflict that I remind myself not to react emotionally. I still need to practice patience. I believe we all do. I truly believe that patience is within the reach of just about anyone.
Adopt the pace of nature: Her secret is patience.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
A Tub of Daffodils Can Teach us Patience
I love growing plants. As I wait for each plant to mature, I learn a lesson on patience. Last November I planted daffodil bulbs, in containers, to brighten up the deck. I chose the color yellow, as it reminds me of sunshine. I had quite a few bulbs left and decided to plant them on the bare hill in the back yard.
Because I live in the forest, high on a mountain, I wasn't sure they would survive. Between the snow and all the critters roaming around, it was a gamble, for sure.
I waited, patiently, through November, December, January, and March. Would any of my plants actually bloom? One morning, in mid-March, I woke up to a warm, sunny, morning and scrambled out to the deck. There, in all their array, was a sea of bright, yellow daffodils to greet me. I rushed to the hill in the back of the house, expecting to see daffodils blooming, just like those on the deck.
Not one bloom did I see. However, as I inspected the area where I had planted the bulbs, I noticed sprouts of green pushing through the soil. I was delighted at what I found and began the process of caring for these new infants.
Nature is absolutely the best teacher for learning patience.
Nature's Creative Work
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