“Adopt the pace of nature, her secret is patience.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
When I think of patience I think of the Ocean, and the way it makes me feel. Despite its unpredictability, ‘the Ocean calms my restless soul’, and makes me feel stables and secure. It makes me feel relaxed and unattached to my stressors. The Ocean makes me feel accepting and tolerant of the World around me, and allows me to better understand the true value of patience.
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If you’re anything like me, you probably aren’t able to be by the Ocean all the time. I live in a great place, but unfortunately it’s no ‘warm, sandy beach’, and currently it’s still cold and snowy here in Minnesota (YES, IT’S APRIL). So if you’re anything like me, you definitely have to find other ways to connect with nature and practice patience in your life.
Recently I’ve found that I’m starting to learn how to be more patient in picking up my writing again. I get so frustrated when one night I can come up with topics and content so easily that it just flows, and other nights I struggle to come up with one sentence that lights me up (sometimes happening a few nights in a row).
It’s hard to accept not being able to come up with things easily every night, but it’s teaching me inner value to patience. I can’t force out what I want to say, I have to just wait for it to come to me when it’s right. I have to trust that it will come, that there will be good days when my creativity feels effortless. I have to use this to get through the dry spells, and acknowledge my challenges so that I can overcome them. It really all comes down to being more self-aware, more in tune with my emotions and my mood swings, and how to recover from them. I know I’m stronger than my frustrations. I know myself and the stories I want to tell. I know how to share them, when it’s right. I’m learning to practice patience, and put all of my trust in the process.
“Bless me with patience … Not opportunities to be patient, I’ve had plenty of those and they don’t seem to be working. Bless me with the actual patience …” – Pinterest
Naturally, creativity almost never flows when I actually want it to happen, but on it’s own timing instead. I will be in the dead middle of a Beach Body On Demand workout, and have to pause that shit to let the words come out. When my creative story comes to the surface, in perfect unison with my words, I literally have to write it down right away or I will lose it.
My creativity is not meant to be snoozed.
In learning to interrupt my disciplined workout routines, I’m also learning what it means to be patient with myself. I’m learning to trust that things will be what they will be in my life. I know I’m on the right track, making the right self moves, and I know I’ll achieve what I want to achieve, I just have to be patient.
Now if you’re still anything like me, these things are all absolutely easier said than done. But the good news is that you can actively working hard at self-improvement every day. My parents always taught me that ‘practice makes perfect’, and I know the journey will continue to get easier along the way, of course I just have to be patient.
“Patience is not the ability to wait, but to keep a good attitude while waiting.” – Pinterest