Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Patience - Living the Moment to the Fullest

Found this at The Shrader Family blog. Very nice reminder to live life each day with all the gusto we can muster, whether preparing for Alyzabeth, working at our paying jobs, taking care of our possessions and loving our families!

Patience is a hard discipline.
It is not just waiting until something happens over which we have no control: the arrival of the bus, the end of the rain, the return of a friend, the resolution of a conflict.
Patience is not waiting passively until someone else does something.
Patience asks us to live the moment to the fullest, to be completely present to the moment, to taste the here and now, to be where we are. When we are impatient, we try to get away from where we are. We behave as if the real thing will happen tomorrow, later, and somewhere else. Let's be patient and trust that the treasure we look for is hidden in the ground on which we stand."
Henri J.M.Nouwen

6 comments:

Stacy said...

Wow! That is good. I needed that. I have had little patience lately.

Thanks for posting that. I am going to copy it for me.

C.J. said...

Very well said. I love the truth of that one.

redmaryjanes said...

I do like that. It is quite deep.

Karin said...

I used to say, Let patience have her perfect work...or patience is a virtue...and by definition patience means we have to wait. I always thought I had patience, but my wait took me to the nth.

Currently reading Life Lessons, as noted at savvythinker.com, by Eliz. Kubler-Ross...and the chapter there on patience and the one on surrender are wonderful. When I have more time I will post some quotes at my blog.

I liked this quote too.

rubyiscoming said...

so, what r u saying? i suck at PATIENCE?? yuppers. i'm trying, i'm trying :)

thanks for posting

Elisa, Jarrod & Thomas said...

Yep it takes a whole heap of patience..sometimes that can be painful.
In the end the treasure is there!