Nature's Secret Is Patience

Updated on February 12, 2019
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The peace and beauty of nature inspire me to acknowledge it's power and influence through poetry. Living in the mountains I am blessed.

Nature's living things are inherently patient.
Nature's living things are inherently patient. | Source

Practicing 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

Caring slowly

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

In your life, for anything worthwhile to be accomplished, you need to be patient.
In your life, for anything worthwhile to be accomplished, you need to be patient. | Source

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

A lovely tub of sunshine to greet me each morning. I see a bucket of sunshine.
A lovely tub of sunshine to greet me each morning. I see a bucket of sunshine. | Source

Final Thoughts

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

Strawberry Creek, Idyllwild, California. Nature's creative work nourishes the spirit with joy.
Strawberry Creek, Idyllwild, California. Nature's creative work nourishes the spirit with joy. | Source

Questions & Answers

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      • vocalcoach profile imageAUTHOR

        Audrey Hunt 

        2 days ago from Idyllwild Ca.

        Muhammad Rustam

        I'm feeling very good about your lovely comments. Nature teaches us important lessons. Patience is truly a virtue. Thank you for being here.

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        Muhammad Rustam 

        3 days ago

        Very nice and thought provoking poem truly representing patience-nature relations. a profound lesson for all

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        Audrey Hunt 

        3 weeks ago from Idyllwild Ca.


        Thank you so much for your very kind message. I'm delighted to know how much you enjoyed and appreciated my poem. I love nature and all its beauty and wonders.

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        3 weeks ago

        What a beautiful and interesting way to describe patience.

        your message is soo beautiful and speechless words.

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        Audrey Hunt 

        7 months ago from Idyllwild Ca.


        Thank you so much for your comments. Patience isn't easy, especially when we are experiencing difficult times. Still, we must endure and practice patience until change happens.

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        Rajan Singh Jolly 

        7 months ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

        The poem rings so true. Patience is a virtue whose need is more than ever today given the times we are in. I believe patience keeps us sane and human.

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        Audrey Hunt 

        10 months ago from Idyllwild Ca.

        C E Clark

        I agree with your thoughts about forcing a quick solution. I've dealt with the consequences of doing this in the past. Nature teaches us good life-lessons if we only take time to listen.

        Thank you for your great comments.

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        C E Clark 

        10 months ago from North Texas

        Your message here is so true. Too often we try to push things to hurry up and then things go awry and we wonder why. While there are clearly times when we must hurry, or when punctuality matters, there are also situations and problems that work themselves out to the best solution if we will only give time a chance. Forcing a quick solution can mean getting the wrong one. Such as forcing a relationship to move forward to a place it may never have been meant to be. You have wise words and advice here.

      • vocalcoach profile imageAUTHOR

        Audrey Hunt 

        11 months ago from Idyllwild Ca.

        Hello my friend,

        Great progress on your part! Patience is indeed a virtue as well as the very foundation for love. Keep smiling and smelling thos flowers.

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        11 months ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

        It took sometime for me to adapt the art of patience. It was always "fast and faster" for me when I was younger. Now, it is more like, "calm and calmer". Age, I must admit is a big factor. *smile* Growing older, wiser and patient. And yes, I take time to smell the flowers now.

        Great thoughts. Lovely read.

        Love from the sky~

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        Audrey Hunt 

        12 months ago from Idyllwild Ca.


        I appreciate your lovely comments. Our mind, body and spirit need refueling from time-to-time. It is good to connect with nature and breathe in her wisdom.


        So nice to see you here. Thank you for your comments. Have a lovely, productive day.


        Thank you my friend for taking time to read and comment on my article. I'll "be over" to see you soon. Stay happy.


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        Vladimir Karas 

        12 months ago from Canada

        Beautiful poem with a wise message.

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        15 months ago

        Beautiful words from a kind person. Nature is amazing!

      • Rhyme Vine Poetry profile image


        15 months ago from Uninhabited Regions

        Beautiful and soothing :-)

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        Aurelio Locsin 

        15 months ago from Orange County, CA

        A great reminder to slow down, not only because of the form of the piece, which encourages you to savor every word, but because of the sentiment.

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        Audrey Hunt 

        15 months ago from Idyllwild Ca.

        Dear Patricia

        Patience is a difficult thing to cultivate. But when we learn patience, as you have pointed out, life brings us more happiness. You have achieved a magnificent destination.

        Blessings to you and your family.



        What beautiful comments. "Running with patience" means "calm but focused". This is a powerful message and reminder. When I pray (especially when I ask for a specific blessing) I add "Thy will be done." Thank you my friend for reading my poem.

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        15 months ago from the short journey

        "Patience, the brother of wisdom...Allow time for things to unfold." Indeed.

        Just today a friend and I were talking of Hebrews 12:1, "Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us..." Running with patience seems conflicting until we understand that its context is calm but focused endurance. We were considering how that concept applies to prayer.

        Prayer is God's way, and patience is something He often calls us to as we pray.

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        Patricia Scott 

        15 months ago from sunny Florida

        So beautifully shared in this poem Audrey. It took me many years to learn to be truly patient. I always wanted to second guess the future and hurry every thing along. But since I am now able to give that up my life is much happier.

        Angels are on the way to you this morning ps

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        Audrey Hunt 

        15 months ago from Idyllwild Ca.


        Thank you for your kind comment. It's great to see you. Have a lovely day.


        I'm glad you like the line "Patience, the brother of wisdom". As I look back on the endless times I've struggled with patience I always think about what I've learned from the experience. There's always a lesson.

        Thank you my friend for being here. Blessings.


        Hi Peggy

        I honor you in many ways including being a nurse. I can't imagine a service that requires more patience. I owe much to the nurses that have cared for me in my life. Thank you dear Peggy.

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        Peggy Woods 

        15 months ago from Houston, Texas

        Patience is indeed a virtue to embrace and hold close. I loved your wise words expressed here Audrey. We could all learn much from nature.

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        Susan Ream 

        16 months ago from Michigan

        Audrey, Wonderful illustrations for the need of patience:

        "The birth of a baby - The growth of the harvest - The healing of the heart"

        This statement caused me pause to ponder the truth of it, "Patience, the brother of wisdom"

        I loved this!

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        16 months ago from Uninhabited Regions

        Yes, Patience is wisdom; your poem is eloquent!

        Tamara xxx

      • vocalcoach profile imageAUTHOR

        Audrey Hunt 

        16 months ago from Idyllwild Ca.


        Thank you for taking th e time to read my poem about patience.

        Peace and happiness,


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        Audrey Hunt 

        16 months ago from Idyllwild Ca.

        Hello precious Paula. I'm so thankful for you. Your support and friendship mean everything. To me. It's been a lot of hub years and we are still here.

        You have blessed my life...

        Big hugs


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        16 months ago from Untited States

        Yes, patience is good. Lovely words.

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        16 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

        Audrey, my sweet friend.....Such beautiful thoughts, you can add music and sing a lovely song to us! So true, Audrey~~for every thing there is a season.

        Have a relaxing Sunday morning.....Hugs, Paula

      • vocalcoach profile imageAUTHOR

        Audrey Hunt 

        16 months ago from Idyllwild Ca.


        Writing poetry is one of my passions in life. Thank you for finding this poem lovely. Makes my day brighter and sweeter.

        Thank you.

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        Angel Guzman 

        16 months ago from Joliet, Illinois

        Lovely poem :)

      • vocalcoach profile imageAUTHOR

        Audrey Hunt 

        16 months ago from Idyllwild Ca.


        Thank you my friend. Nature is an amazing teacher. Patience was exemplified by our Savior. blessings to you.

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        Audrey Hunt 

        16 months ago from Idyllwild Ca.

        Thank you Warren for being here. I'm grateful for your support. Knowing you found something about my poem that brings meaning to you is more than I could hope for.



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        Warren Keith Hayes 

        16 months ago from Bryson City, North Carolina

        Your work is always thought-provoking but something about this particular poem speaks deeply to me. Thank you, Audrey.

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        17 months ago

        What a beautiful and interesting way to describe patience :) Words of a wise woman :) Thank you and may God bless you!!

      • vocalcoach profile imageAUTHOR

        Audrey Hunt 

        17 months ago from Idyllwild Ca.


        It's easy to see that you are a patient person. This wonderful trait comes across with your writing and your comments. I enjoy both so much. Thank you dear friend. Blessings to you


      • vocalcoach profile imageAUTHOR

        Audrey Hunt 

        17 months ago from Idyllwild Ca.

        Hi Tim

        Thank you for the visit and your comments. I love to fill a need through my poetry. Glad you stopped by and live with peace through patience.

        Hello Eric

        Yes, indeed. I love the word tranquility. You've supplied me with plenty of it with your wonderful sermons.

      • vocalcoach profile imageAUTHOR

        Audrey Hunt 

        17 months ago from Idyllwild Ca.

        You are so kind. Your own poetry inspires me. Your messages are powerful and beautiful. Thank you my friend and blessings to you.

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        Audrey Hunt 

        17 months ago from Idyllwild Ca.


        How very true this is. Nature is the ultimate scholar. It breaks my heart to see the destruction fires bring. Thank you my friend.



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        Linda Crampton 

        17 months ago from British Columbia, Canada

        Patience is an important quality. You've described this idea in a lovely way, Audrey.

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        Audrey Hunt 

        17 months ago from Idyllwild Ca.

        Thank you Dora for confirming the value of patience.

        Hi Mary

        So nice to see you again. You are obviously destined for inner peace and supreme joy. These attributes come to us through awareness of our own weaknesses and the determination to work on them in spite of everything.

        This action spells "humility" and you've got it my friend!

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        Dora Weithers 

        17 months ago from The Caribbean

        "Nature, time and patience." Beautiful poetry with a valuable message. Good read!

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        Mary Wickison 

        17 months ago from Brazil

        This is still an area I need to work on.

        You've reminded me today how necessary patience is to not only achieve what I want from life but to find peace along the road.

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        Bill Holland 

        17 months ago from Olympia, WA

        There are so many lessons to learn from the natural world; the secret is to be willing.

        Lovely thoughts, my dear friend.



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        Martie Coetser 

        17 months ago from South Africa

        Dear Audrey, thanks for reminding us of the importance, and actually necessity, of developing our ability to be patient. There must be a reason why so many people are born with a tendency to be rather impatient than patient. I guess it is once again a matter of being moderate and able to go with Nature's flow.

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        17 months ago from United States

        This was a work well done my friend. You have highlighted the true essence of our needs in our lives. Blessings to you and yours. whonu

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        Tim Mitchell 

        17 months ago from Escondido, CA

        Wonderful poem Audrey. I needed to read it this morning. I like these two lines a lot;

        Nature, time and patience

        Three great physicians

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        Eric Dierker 

        17 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

        Beautiful piece. With patience tranquility, without not.

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        Chitrangada Sharan 

        17 months ago from New Delhi, India

        You are so right Audrey! Patience is so important for all of us and it must be cultivated consciously . One who masters this , can never feel deprived or depressed.

        What a beautiful way to define Patience with this wonderful poem!

        Thanks for sharing!

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        17 months ago from USA

        This is a beautiful message, Audrey. When I look at massive trees I think of all the years and all the factors that they withstood.


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