Archive for the ‘Patience’ Tag
I come from a family of eight. Two brothers, three sisters, and two parents. I adore them all. Last year my youngest sister started a birthday tradition among us. On (or near) the day of our birthdays, everyone in the family sends a ‘tribute’ email, saying one thing they admire or appreciate about us. It is wonderful being the recipient of these thoughtful messages, but just as nice is reading what people have to say when it is someone else’s birthday. Recently it was my oldest sister’s birthday, and my brother sent out his birthday tribute. This is an excerpt of what he said:
“She was not born a patient one, but yet is the most faithfully patient person I know.”
When I first read this I laughed, remembering all the family trips and outings when I would hear her voice from the backseat of our big chevy van asking, “When are we going to eat?” But my laughter quickly turned to tears as I thought about all that my sister has accomplished over the years, and the hardships she has endured. She is an amazing example of faith and perseverence. I grew even more emotional as I thought about each member of my family. I have seen so much patience in the midst of hardships. Were any of us born with natural patience to help us weather our storms? Maybe.
Sometimes I approach life thinking I am limited. I have certain traits and attributes to get me where I want to go, but where I lack the needed attributes – discipline, focus, patience, I’m afraid I will fail. Thinking about my sister made me realize that with work and perseverence I can grow and develop the traits I need to help me reach my goals. It helped me see in a very clear way that life, in so many ways, is a process of growth and development. It takes time. It takes work. But it fills me with hope knowing that I can aspire to be the person I want to be, even if she sometimes seems beyond my reach.