Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Quotable Quotes: Patience and Courage

I have another good quote. Of course, I don't know where it's from. But I found it to be something I've been thinking about for the past couple of months:

The 2 hardest things in life to deal with are:

- The patience to wait for what we want.
- The courage to deal with all we encounter along the way.

 At first glance, that doesn't seem like it would be that big of a deal, patiently waiting for what you want, and dealing with what goes on during the time it takes to get it. 

But this quote addresses a couple of my biggest problems: patience and courage. 

I think I am getting better, though, especially in my 40s. At least I am willing to admit to myself when certain hard situations scare me and render my courage a bit shaky. I wasn't so willing to admit this in my younger years. But as I get older I have learned to understand that there will be obstacles along the way in life. And for myself, those can be external or even internal in nature. I am learning that I must identify the problem and battle through it if I am going to grow.

And I have also learned that it's not the desired destination that's always important, it's the 1000 things I learn along the way that are just as important and equip me to handle that final destination. 

So I am understanding patience and courage are important... 

But what scares me is the microwave times we live in... where everything is becoming more and more instantaneous. And this instantaneous nature isn't applicable to all areas of life. Personal growth, for example, is NOT an instantaneous event. It takes patience. And Lord knows, it takes courage. 

So I think that's a good quote. It reminds me to be always mindful of my weaker areas of patience and courage. 

I hope it's helpful to you, too.

8 comments:

  1. After reading the quote, I shook my head. That is a lot to think about. Right now I am working on patience as far as my job. It is crazy right now. I have to face courage as deal with the challenges such as paying bills etc. I am trying to stay sane.

    I will admit a part of me wishes it was all over not just for me but for others affected by the major changes going on at my job and in my city.

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  2. The patience to wait for what we want. <----- I still have a hard time doing this, I am slowly working on it but I get frustrated at times when things to happen as fast as I want them to happen.

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  3. Waiting is somehow getting easier for me these days. As you say, the lessons along the way are far more important than the actual destination. The lessons are much more valuable to me. I wake up every single day looking forward to what God wants to show me about myself. These are exciting times.

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    1. "I wake up every single day looking forward to what God wants to show me about myself."

      This is such a powerful statement. I hope to get to that someday. More and more I am able to stop in moments of craziness and recognize that God is working.

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  4. Anonymous12:49:00 PM

    "And I have also learned that it's not the desired destination that's always important, it's the 1000 things I learn along the way that are just as important and equip me to handle that final destination"

    The 1000 things along the way are what makes my heart glad...i feel that those lessons along the way are God's preparation for me to recieve greater than I imagined and greater than my intended destination.

    There is work in waiting....even if that work is just willing yourself to be still and keep the faith.

    ~LisaBinAR

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  5. Patience is what I struggle with daily...one day.

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  6. The patience to wait for what we want.---- Something I work on daily.

    I have this quote on my cubicle wall at work:
    Have patience and wait for the thing you want most. Don’t chase it. Don’t run after it. If God wants you to have it, He will give it to you.

    This post reminded me of that.

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  7. I have zero patience and I try to work on it. Try to keep things in perspective but patience generally eludes me.

    I am also struggling with working on dealing with adults who act foolish. I don't. I think I lack courage to call their antics out.

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