July 26

PATIENCE MONTH: DAY 26: “Everything comes to him who hustles while he waits.”― Thomas Alva Edison

I am not a big fan of sitting still. It is a challenge for me. I am a doer…going pretty much all the time. Even when I sit, I am usually doing something with my hands. It is really important for me to learn to just sit still sometimes. That is what I do when I meditate.

I first learned to meditate by weeding for hours at a time. I found that it calmed me to sit still and that my mind would quiet after some minutes spent with it swirling out of control. That became my easiest way to meditate at first. Then I learned to do it while walking for hours on the beach, looking for shells and rocks and seaglass. It really put me in a great space, so it became an obsession for me when times in my life were rough.

I still walk a great deal. Usually a mile or two each day…always outside in nature. It is a great way to let go of the brain that insists on bothering me 24×7.

So I don’t have a problem with “hustling while I wait.” Never have. It is the way I go through my life most of the time. I always have a long list of projects to work on…gardening, housekeeping, creative, and maintaining the things I have obtained so far in this life. I have calls to make each day, letters to write, this short piece to do every day, meditation, journaling, books I read, cooking and meal prep, so many things that take some of my time. I love that.

So, I don’t sit and wait for life to bring me things. I just do what is in front of me and have a great time most days. I have learned to leave space in each hour for whatever comes along. A LOT can come along. I view that as the thing I was waiting for anyway…it works for me!

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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