Patience is not one of my outstanding virtues. I can be patient with others but not with myself. I throw myself wholeheartedly into a project and after all the hard work, I want to see results. However, I’ve come to see that sometimes I have to give the Universe time to arrange circumstances in my favour or bring in people that can move me to the next level.

Gardening has taught me that in order to assure a good crop, I must prepare the soil, choose good seed, plant it, and then wait for the shoots to come up. I cannot stand there and shout: “Come on, grow, now!” Yet sometimes I do just that, pushing and struggling, and stressing myself out when I’m in a situation which is not moving forward fast enough for my taste such as seeing a client’s health improve, learning a new computer skill, and so on.

We can observe patience in babies who learn how to walk by frequently falling down, getting up, falling down…. It would never occur to them to remain seated on the floor and think: “Well, I guess I’m just not meant to be a walker.” Yet we adults tend to engage in negative self talk or give up when we fail to manifest our plans too slowly.

In closing I offer Louise Hay’s wisdom: “When we begin to work on ourselves, sometimes things get worse before they get better. It is Okay if that happens, it’s the beginning of the process. It’s untangling old threads. Just flow with it. It takes time and effort to learn what we need to learn. Don’t demand instant change. Impatience is only resistance to learning. It means you want the goal without going through the process. Let yourself do it step by step. It will get easier as you go along.”

Sound advice! You can get even more inspired when you read the stories in my book how Life frequently forced me to be patient to get what I wanted.

Dorothea L. Gordon