It is very strange that the years teach us patience - that the shorter our time, the greater our capacity for waiting. Elizabeth Taylor, "A Wreath of Roses"
Our friend Dan at Yesterday Once More is doing a word a week. Every Monday he will give us a new word. I have fun trying to guess his next word. So far I am batting a 100. As far as writing though I am behind. This week passed before I could sit down and write about his word this week which is Patience.
Dan wrote the best post about patience so that will be hard to follow.
We all have our own meaning for patience and so I looked it up in the dictionary to see if it was close to what I think it means.
Patience is the ability to endure waiting, delay, or provocation without becoming annoyed or upset, or to persevere calmly when faced with difficulties.
Honestly I think patience is one of the first things a child should be taught. I only wish that when I was younger that I had known the importance of patience.
If you think about it living with patience makes ones life so much easier. When your a child and waiting on things to happen you get angry at your parents, teachers or friends.
As you age you slowly connect closer to what is really important in life and you see everything a lot different. That is why I chose the quote by Elizabeth Taylor. I have found the older I get the more patience I have for a lot of things. Have you noticed even Ms Pearl is learning Patience.
For example just a little over a week ago while Gary was in the hospital and he was in serious trouble with his heart they sent in a Chaplain to talk with me and Sherry.
I had just found out that Sherry and Gary were married. It was upsetting to be told by a stranger they were married. They were moving Gary to another hospital so the Chaplain walked me downstairs to catch a cab..
It just happened that Sherry was walking ahead of us and she seemed mad and upset at everything including probably even me and the Chaplain. The Chaplain turned to me and asked what would I like for her to pray for me. I looked at the Chaplain and said "Patience!"
She turned to me and smiled and said "I can understand you asking for that prayer. Good choice Maggie!"
It was a good choice because at that moment I needed more patience in my life that I could muster up on my own. I need the help of God to keep my mouth shut and of course Ms. Pearl's mouth. lol
Patience when I was younger would of saved me a lot of pain. I think back of how busy I was when my children were growing up and I worked two and three jobs which probably caused me to have little patience at the end of the day for the things in my life that really counted. Patience with raising three small children never showing them anything but the best side of you.
So join me in learning patience. I think it is the one thing our world needs more of. What do you think?
I wanted to thank all of you for leaving me such beautiful comments about Forrest. It has been hard the last few days trying to accept that she is no longer going to be around waiting patiently for her next hug or bone. Forrest would of been a great teacher of patience because I watched her with Tinkerbell and even though Tinkerbell loathed her coming inside the past month Forrest ignored her and just laid on her bed. She just watched as Tinkerbell pulled her little tricks and fits trying to get her to go outside. Never once giving Tinkerbell the time of day. hahaha
Now that is patience! So how do I teach a cat patience?
Love to all