Adopt the pace of nature; her secret is patience.
~Ralph Waldo Emerson
I don’t think I’m a very patient person. From time to time I display great feats of exceptional patience, but many times I feel it’s forced behavior, which may not really be a bad thing. After all, flying off the handle, temper tantrums or knee-jerk reactions don’t usually result in happy endings.
This winter has been a test of patience. Its beginning wasn’t too bad; even January was tolerable…as winters go. February was a bit sketchy with two storms dumping about 20 inches of snow over 5 days. And then, when we all thought Old Man Winter had made his exit, we were the recipient of another 9 inches of snow on March 24th. And that’s simply too late in the season if you ask me.
But what can I do about it? Nothing. Nada. So I guess Mom Nature has another lesson to teach me before my spring flowers are ready to make an appearance; that no matter how impatient I get, there’s no point in rushing what I have no control over. Everything happens in its own time, in its own season and for its own reason.
I can’t tell you how many times I’ve tried to rush an outcome. At the time, my desire for a quick fix appears to be a stellar idea in my own mind. After all, why drag something out when, with adopting just a few of my well-meaning recommendations, it could all be better…aka…the way I want it to be?
I tend to forget there may be a reason things take as long as they do to materialize. And just because I think something should be a certain way right now, doesn’t mean that’s the best alternative for the life lesson to be learned. I’m not privy to the master plan, and while it’s sometimes helpful and necessary to voice my opinions, in the end I just have to accept it may not be the right time for a change.
That decision is above my pay grade.
So, in the meantime, I’ll try and adopt nature’s stance and be patience for winter to end and usher in another spring to lift my spirits and warm my outlook.
It happens every year.
In its own time.
Even though I may not like it.
“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord.“As the heavens are higher than the earth,so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.” ~Isaiah 55:8-9