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Reflections: The Value Of Patience...

“Patience means self-suffering.” Mahatma Gandhi

Reflections: The Value Of Patience...
 
In the application of Satyagraha, I discovered in the earliest stages that pursuit of truth did not admit of violence being inflicted on one's opponent but that he must be weaned from error by patience and sympathy. For what appears to be truth to the one may appear to be error to the other. And patience means self-suffering. So the doctrine came to mean vindication of truth, not by infliction of suffering on the opponent, but on one's own self. Mahatma Gandhi
Small Stones#25
Everywhere we turn, people are hustling and bustling,
Grabbing for the next new thing
"I wait for no one, I wait for nothing," they say...
Patience my dear; patience is not inaction
Patience is action that endures...
Patience is the artist who chisels away at his craft
Perfecting it...

"If patience is worth anything, it must endure to the end of time. And a living faith will last in the midst of the blackest storm."  Mahatma Gandhi

Reflections: The Value Of Patience...
 
“We cannot learn real patience and tolerance from a guru or a friend. They can be practiced only when we come in contact with someone who creates unpleasant experiences. According to Shantideva, enemies are really good for us as we can learn a lot from them and build our inner strength." Dalai Lama
Small Stones#25
Today, I waited for the birds to come for their bread
They took their time, till the temperature warmed a bit
"Patience my dear, we eat to live not to freeze," they seemed to say
Patience is the mother who reads to her impatient child
One day the child will read to her
Lovingly and patiently...
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“There is nothing that wastes the body like worry, and one who has any faith in God should be ashamed to worry about anything whatsoever” Mahatma Gandhi

Reflections: The Value Of Patience...


Small Stones#25
When I worry about what my next step will be.
Or I worry about why some plan is not jelling as hoped
My spirit guides me back to the value of patience...
Keep fine-tuning the work, keep moving forward
God's delays are not God's denial...
Patience...


What are small stones?
  According to the originators of this wonderful exercise, a small stone is a short piece of writing (prose or poetry) that precisely captures a fully-engaged moment. The process of discovering small stones is as important as the finished product. Searching for small stones will encourage you to keep all your senses; - your eyes,(and ears, nose, mouth, fingers, feelings and mind) open.




Some Food for Thought: How do you exercise patience in your life?  Take a moment to contemplate what Patience means to you? Love and Peace in 2013.

I would love to hear from you: Please leave me a comment. Thank You!

PHOTO CREDITS/ATTRIBUTIONS: All Photographs: Patience, via Wikipedia  And via my personal collection.

Until Next Time…
Ask. Believe. Receive. ©
Elizabeth Obih-Frank
Mirth and Motivation
Positive Kismet


42 comments:

  1. Happy Weekend! Patience is a virtue... :-)

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  2. Love the stones ... beautiful !!!

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  3. Gandhi is one of my inspirations! :) Thanks for sharing. I want to be as patient as possible, too. :D

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  4. Nice post. We shall never hurry as there is always a right time for everything.

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  5. Patience is one of the virtues that everyone should learn to master. It brings us to our betterment whenever we don't rush into things to happen to us. :)

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  6. GS! TY so much ... I am really enjoying the Stones. what a gift! :-)
    Eliz

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  7. TY Meikah! Same here... I'm usually patient about stuff but not always. :-)
    Eliz

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  8. TY Tondo Girl! I like your sentiments. There is a time for everything... :-)

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  9. Yes Louise! I agree, we should all master the forms... and practice :-)

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  10. Your posts leave me pondering. A person with patience is braver than the tormentor.

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  11. As they say, patience is the virtue of the gods. I love your post. made me want to stop and look around, and wait, and everything will fall into place

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  12. Meenakshi TY! That is true if we stop to consider it... Some see it as a weakness not a strenght. :-)

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  13. Hi Marie! TY for checking in... What i like about patience is that it doesn't have to be inactive... We can act with patience. :-)

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  14. Well, having a toddler at his terrible twos stage really requires a lot of patience. I try to understand him as much as I could. It also helps a lot to keep quiet when you are about to lose patience.

    Mommy Maye
    www.momayescraft.tk

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  15. Thanks for posting this, i need patience right now. hihi it enlightens me..

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  16. M Maye TY! It is not easy raising kids so I feel for you and the toddler... Patience is needed in huge doses when we have kids that age... :-)
    Eliz

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  17. Patience can solve a lot of things with yourself and others.

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  18. Patience is very hard for me. It's something I constantly am working on.

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  19. Patience is one of the things I need to work on. Thanks for sharing :)

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  20. Patience I need to be inspire . Thanks for sharing.

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  21. I definitely need to work on this. I am the most impatient person EVER!

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  22. It takes patience raising kids. Some days are easier than others.

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  23. I have this chalkboard slate that sits on my kitchen counter and I try to write something positive on it daily. Kind of like a reminder to get through the day with those values. I think it helps.

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  24. I am still working on mine. It's just so hard sometimes when you have toddlers who would really try and see how much patience you've got.

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  25. You always posts the most thoughtful and meaningful things! Thank you!

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  26. Patience is so important. I find that when I'm stressed I'm much less patient.

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  27. I have learned that patience comes with lots and lots of practice. I still have my moments but I have improved so much!

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  28. I recently received bad news I can't do anything about and I refuse to worry. Thanks for reinforcing it for me.

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  29. Patience is very hard for me. I'm continually working on it.

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  30. Thanks for this, in an age of instant gratification, patience is something so many struggle with.

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  31. Patience is truly a virtue, it shows an amount of discipline and I truly respect it!

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  32. Life with a toddler requires a lot of patience and deep breathing :)

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  33. Although handling your patience is quite challenging, in the long run, it's worth it!

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  34. patience is a key but very hard to do

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  35. i really like your post . so interesting Patience is very hard for me too

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  36. Great post! Patience is a good quality to have and will get you far in life.

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  37. I'm definitely quite impatient! I need to work on this as well!

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  38. Thanks for the inspirational post. Patience is something that I am severly lacking in.

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