…an apprentice in patience.
I’ve said this a lot over the years. In a way it’s a mantra and a reminder to be patient even in the hardest of times. I’m sure I’m not the only mother and partner on the planet that needs a reminder like this almost every day.
Patient when my child isn’t willing to talk after blowing up and feeling upset.
Patient when I can’t hear my partner for their mumbling because they’re trying to do something else while I’m trying to get information from them.
Patient when I try to do something over and over it’s not working like I want it to.
Patient when I’m making a phone call and my partner seems deaf to the crying child at their knee.
Patient when my child is upset but is taking more time than I’m enjoying to explain what’s going on for them.
Basically patient when myself or a loved one is having trouble getting our needs met.
I can’t be reminded enough about patience- even when it’s just when I’m starting to rush about instead of taking it easy. My daughter actually reminds me that I need to have more patience when I start to lose it! I guess she’s heard me say that enough to myself or when I apologise for being short moments before. When she reminds me, it actually cuts the tension and puts a smile on my face.
Patience is the art of caring slowly.
Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson