Good evening friends. Today is the day after Valentine's Day. I hope that you had a wonderful day yesterday with your loved ones or special one. I spent a short evening with my mother and grandson eating dinner, which was takeout, but hey, we got to spend some time together. And we had a nice time, although we were short one grandchild. I'm not certain of all what happened but the fact that she was absent was a disappointment. What further put thoughts in my brain was that she is shy and tends not to communicate, which upsets her much older brother. Let's say that he got his "patience" from his grandmother, me.
I'm not certain how that particular virtue escaped me, or so it seems, but for most of my life, patience has been lacking. Oh, I expected others to be patient with me, but when I needed to be patient, well, I rarely was. I can honestly say that I have grown in that respect over the years. Partly, because I have grown older and we tend to be somewhat more patient with others as we require others to be more patient with us. But teenagers or children in general today, have VERY LITTLE patience. They are the immediate gratification generation, and it isn't entirely their fault. It's what they grew up with. Seemingly everything in the blink of an eye. But back to patience.
How do we learn patience you might ask? I think we ask for grace from God to help us with that. Also, and probably more accurately, when we come from a point of love it is easier to do. In my mind it comes down to love. If we can act out of love, then all will be as it should. To me this is the lesson I have been learning over the last few decades. Is everything so critical or urgent that we can't wait for a bit? Look at how we drive these days. It seems as though NASCAR has broken out of the ovals and tri-ovals and hit the highways and byways. Everyone is in such a rush, that we lose our patience when someone takes a little longer than expected to move when the light turns green or causes us to brake when the other driver slows down for a turn. Over the past few weeks I have found myself coaching other drivers from my car, like they can hear me, to "find the long pedal on the right." (Truly that's what I say out loud.) Then I say to myself, why are you in such a hurry, you have plenty of time to get to work or to get wherever I'm headed. Then I myself slow down a bit and take it easier. If someone wants the left lane, I often move over (I tend to drive in the left lane because I drive a little faster than those in the right lane) and let them have it. I'm learning. In my own way I'm sending out love and demonstrating patience to perfect strangers who don't even know they are helping me to learn this.
So, this evening I will say my prayers specifically for my grandson to have some patience with his little sister, and I will pray for my granddaughter to find her voice and confidence, because they are both very loving young people who just need to learn a little patience with each other and that will overflow toward others as well. So, my friends may God give you the grace to be patient when you need it. I believe it is so. Love, Light, Peace, and Joy!
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