All day today my patience has been tested. There were various small – very small – irritants that piled up and by 4 p.m., were set to make me explode. My kind friend Julie kindly pointed out that I “needed to have some patience.” BOOM wake up call.
I said it at the start of this journey – I knew what I was asking for. The thing about heightened awareness is, well, you are MORE aware of whatever it is you are thinking of/writing about. And as I sit here tonight about think about this phenomena, I have the presidential debate on in the background – two grown men playing nice on national TV when in reality, they fundamentally (do they?) disagree on how our lives should be lived.
Lessons in patience I have figured out from the first 20 minutes of the presidential debate:
- If you are ready to speak over your opponent and clearly not listening to their side of the story, the American public can read your face and thoughts like a book. (Be patient for your turn to speak)
- If you only want to hear a straight answer, try to skip over all of the adjectives they use and listen to the verbs. (This requires a lot of patience on your part)
- If the moderator is in charge, perhaps you should allow him to be in charge. (Be patient for the topic to come up organically)
- Any change is slow coming and slow going. Change does not come in one night, four nights or four years. (Be patient for the controller of the change in this world has many names but this list does not include either the name Obama or Romney).
Change comes in surges, in movements. Change is a slow rumble that begins with a whisper and ends in a celebration. Change does not rest on the shoulders of one man, but in the hearts of many men and in the hands of no man. I think that part of being patient means remembering that humans are just that – humans. Nobody is any better, stronger, more able or more capable than any other man — we are all just people, who are inherently flawed and looking for validation.
I want the these candidates and the American people to realize that the limit does not exist……and that “all you can do in life is solve the problem in front of you.” Not tomorrow’s problem, not someone else’s problems, not last week’s problems. Today is all you get, so have patience with it and choose the best you can. And please, have patience with each other.
Because graceful is so much prettier than hateful.
See you tomorrow,
God is not human, that he should lie, not a human being, that he should change his mind. Does he speak and then not act? Does he promise and not fulfill? (Numbers 23:19)
Today is day three of my 31 days of patience series. For all posts in the series,click here.