July 8

PATIENCE MONTH: DAY 8: “No event or experience is ever out of sync with your Life’s design. Everything that’s happening to you is what you are meant to go through. Each experience is shaping who you are. And with time, you evolve; learning to understand Life just a wee bit better. So, don’t resist what you are going through. Have Faith in Life. Be Patient. Faith is not about being ritualistic or religious; it is simply trusting the process of Life, going with the flow no matter what you are faced with. And Patience is not some “difficult-to-practice virtue”. It is being calm, being non-frustrated when you don’t get what you want, while knowing that Life always gives you only what you need.”― A. Viswanathan

A long quote, but a beautifully-stated truth. I had not read this particular piece, except many years ago in a book. I loved finding it this month!

Patience is really nothing more than maturity. Most of us are extremely selfish and immature. It damages everything in our lives. We cannot live in a social environment of any kind when all we think about is ourselves.

Sadly, this is a cultural phenomenon as well. We have a culture of millions of people running around who are impatient, selfish, entitled, and rude. We judge each other and think we need to be “better than” in order to just stay even with others. It is really ugly. And we see it running rampantly today in the current culture, which is so Ego-based that there is little that isn’t any more.

The initial out-swell of kindness and concern we had for each other when this pandemic began has been eliminated by impatience and self-interest. The things that people are doing are horrible and really nasty. It speaks so ill of our culture. It really shows up who is mature in their attitude and who is just a spoiled baby screaming for their own way.

What a wonderful opportunity we get to have to learn to be other than Ego-driven and immature! I hope I learn this lesson and walk this path, not the other one. I have a great many mirrors who show me what that looks like.

Published by: Kelly

I am a therapist and counselor with long-term recovery from addictions and personal trauma. My writing reflects these experiences and the road I have traveled in 12-Step recovery settings, along with the work I have done for over 30 years in the field. My love of dolphins includes the stories of them being healers in places all over the world. I long to offer every broken spirit and body the experience of a healing hug. May my words and stories inform, uplift and delight your spirit and soothe your weary heart.

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