Saturday, April 21, 2012

Difficult Lessons?

photo by Serifina Samadhi


One of the most difficult lessons for me is patience.  I dislike waiting. Yet it seems that I have been waiting for one thing or another for more than half my life. 

Oh you wouldn't even know most of the time that I was waiting for something, because I seldom sat around to watch for what I was waiting for.  I grew up on a farm doing all things required for farm life. Milking the cows in the evening and then running it through the separator was my job.  As was cleaning out the chicken barn, laying in the feed and gathering eggs. 

Every other night it was also my turn to wash dishes from a whole days cooking and eating which added up to quite a lot with 8 people in the family, and multiplied greatly when we were cooking for the harvest crew which meant feeding another 4 to 6 mouths.

Patience. . lots of patience!

10 comments:

  1. I, too, am not the most patient person in the world. It's very difficult for me to wait. Doesn't matter what for: Test results, mail, dry cleaning.

    Unbelievably excellent job on the photo! Great job!

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    1. Thanks for the lovely comment Jack and Jill!

      The eagles gather nearby here when the ground is snow-covered to fish in any open waters. The last year we were taking care of Master's mother she had a fascination for eagles. When I took her for a short drive 2 winters ago we stopped counting after seeing 50. Last year a mild winter we were happy to spot the odd one.

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  2. Patience isn't my strong point either.

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    1. Thank you for taking the time to let us know you stopped by!!

      We absolutely love comments and enjoy hearing them, can you tell? LOL

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  3. Serafina,

    It depends on what it is, Christmas time, seeing stuff under the tree with mouse's name drives her crazy! Lol

    The biggest thing that mouse really struggles with is trust, but that's beginning to improve greatly!

    Hugs,
    mouse

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    1. Dear Mouse
      We wish that for you trust keeps on growing and growing. Have you noticed that very often Trust and patience are sisters?. . they work hand in hand quite often.

      And trust is a funny thing. . just as you have one thing figured out and think you have a certain part of it nailed tight some infinitesimal thing can set off a domino effect and shatters the calm. So we all have a long way to go I think.

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    2. Serafina,

      It's funny you referred to them as sisters, trust and patience, funny because mouse always thought of them more as a parent -child thing (or in mouse's case, mother daughter.)

      Patience is the parent and trust is the child...

      You are very correct tho, just when you have the answers all figured out, life goes and changes the questions.

      Omega is fond of saying we never stop learning...it's true isn't it?

      Hugs,
      mouse

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    3. Yes how very true. I'm fond of describing it as both "learning and growing". I'm of the belief that when we stop learning and growing we start dying, pure and simple.

      I work with a lot of elderly individuals, and the ones who have inquisitive minds will be around for years, even decades, longer than those who simply vegetate.

      big hugs,
      Michael

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  4. Serafina: I agree. Patience can be an enormous issue. To return to the renovating issue, I felt I was being driven bonkers waiting for my husband to get involved with this. The only control I had was to do the things that cost virtually no money and so I did. When I made the preparations for change I think he saw it as achievable and then there were two of us involved. This created a sort of chain reaction and suddenly what seemed like a big deal was less because without realizing, it started to come together. I learned a bit about patience through that process.

    In terms of other types of patience, the trick seems to be to take your mind off the wanting all together and focus on something else entirely. When you least expect it, (and perhaps because it becomes less important for a time) change happens.

    There is a trick of the mind there that I can't quite put into words...

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  5. Greetings Vesta!
    thank you for your input. . you said:
    "In terms of other types of patience, the trick seems to be to take your mind off the wanting all together and focus on something else entirely. When you least expect it, (and perhaps because it becomes less important for a time) change happens."

    I co-pastored a wonderful group of young adults, and when they became love-lost or anxious about being alone etc I would often tell them to stop looking for a mate. . be happy and focus on being the best and most complete person you can be. They always discovered that if they could immerse themselves that sure enough!! love found them!! Just like I'd told them.

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