As we sit here in the middle of winter, I am finding that I (and many around me) need more patience - the capacity to accept or tolerate delay, trouble, or suffering without getting angry or upset. Winter is a season that sometimes seems to pass as slow as a slug which could lead to some frustration. I find myself daydreaming of summer and wanting to feel the power of the sun again with longer, brighter evenings. As I catch my mind wandering, I remind myself to enjoy quiet nights bundled up on the couch, to revel in the faintest feeling of the sun's power while bundled up outside, and to savor the warmth of homemade soup.
There is much charm that can be found in a New England winter, but sometimes we have to search for it when the snow turns from white to brown and from fluffy to icy. Read on for a few quotes that resonate with me this winter. After reading each quote be patient and take a deep breath in to open up space for acceptance and tolerance and a deep breath out to let go of any anger or frustration that you have been holding on to.
"Without patience, we will learn less in life. We will see less. We will feel less. We will hear less. Ironically, rush and more usually mean less." Mother Teresa
"Patience is a key element of success." Bill Gates
"Patience is bitter, but its fruit is sweet." Aristotle
This last quote left me with a smile and a reminder of how much sweeter spring and summer are after a long winter. Here's to patience.
To read about starting 2018 with balance, click here.