Wednesday, March 22, 2017

A Lesson In Patience

by Judy

This is my current reality. Everything is still buried under several inches of snow after last weeks blizzard.  Yes, the snow is melting, slowly.  Excruciatingly slowly.  

This is the reality that I'm dreaming about.

Color!  I need color.  And flowers.  And green grass.  And yes, I'll even take pollen!  

As I scroll through Instagram I'm bombarded with beautiful photos of spring that has sprung. Elsewhere.  And I want it too.  This blizzard was just so unwelcome.  Here in the Northeast we've had a very mild winter - with days in January and February in the high 60's and low 70's.  Unheard of!! To get almost all the way through winter with barely a snow flurry and then bam!  This!  It doesn't make for a very happy Judy.  

But then I think, be patient Judy, you know spring will come.  It always does.  Remember, patience is a  virtue.  

The definition of patience is "the capacity to accept or tolerate delay, trouble, or suffering without getting angry or upset."  That's where the "virtue" part comes in.  Sometimes we have to just suffer quietly and know that this too shall pass.  

Sometimes when we are waiting for something, no matter how big or small, we have to remind ourselves that life is about living in - and accepting - the present moment.  We talk often here about living in the moment and finding something to be grateful for each day - even on some of our darkest days.  Since waiting for spring to arrive in New York is simply an annoyance, and knowing that people show patience waiting for much more important things in life - I am choosing to just suck it up, photograph what is hopefully the last few days of snowy scenes, and patiently wait for the day that I can fill MY Instagram feed with colorful spring photos and color, color, color!  

"Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience."
-Ralph Waldo Emerson-


Carol said...

Livinghere, where you do, OH how I needed to hear this today! Sigh. I guess its coming. Meanwhile, I pledge to enjoy today....

AFishGirl said...

It's the same here, ice storms, etc. And I am a fan of winter but enough is enough. Yes, soon it will be gone. Just not today. Hang in there.

Dotti said...

We've had an early spring here after a mild winter. But with that early spring comes the fear of late freeze, just when flowering trees and bushes get ready to pop. So, patience grasshopper. It will all work out.

Cathy H. said...

We wouldn't even say we had a winter here and I'm not happy about that! It's hot, upper 80's! Who can enjoy spring when you're sweating!! I'm patiently waiting for next winter . . . I have a long time to wait don't I. Hope your spring comes soon and is extra beautifull!

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