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Nature's Secret Is Patience

Writing poetry is an alternative form of self-expression for Audrey. " It's how I release my deepest thoughts and emotions."

Nature's living things are inherently patient.

Nature's living things are inherently patient.

Practicing Patience

We aren't born with patience. We develop this trait. Trials and challenges that are sprinkled through life's journey teach us 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 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.

Nature's Secret. Allowing Time for Things to Unfold

Patience, the necessary ingredient to complete all tasks

The trees grow in spurts

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 with yourself

Only time brings growth

Words of kindness and compassion

One step at a time.


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 progress

Three great physicians

Allow time for things to unfold.


It takes some time for a flower to bloom

After the seed is planted

Life's hardest lesson

Learning to wait.


Floating on a waveless tide.

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.

Nature is the Perfect Teacher

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 come to you.

Many of us are guilty of feeling that we fail in a particular area or with a specific project when all we need to do is 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 more intelligent. 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 tolerance from my father. I believe that through his example, patience became second nature to me.

Just remember, nature doesn't hurry, yet everything is accomplished.

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.

Final Thoughts

I love growing plants. As I wait for each plant to mature, I learn a lesson about 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 backyard.

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 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.

© 2017 Audrey Hunt

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