“One of the best pieces of advice I ever got was from a horse master. He told me to go slow to go fast. I think that applies to everything in life. We live as though there aren’t enough hours in the day but if we do each thing calmly and carefully we will get it done quicker and with much less stress.” – Viggo Mortensen
We’ve heard it said often, that love is an action. It’s something that must be put into practice each day; a decision, a commitment.
This doesn’t mean we’re always loving. Quite the opposite. There are many times when we don’t feel loving, or take for granted those we do love.
The same goes for patience. That, too, is an action. It is something we need to be mindful of and put into practice. It’s quite easy to lose our cool, to grow irritated and lash out.
This also applies to acceptance. The saying ‘accept the things you cannot change’ rings true, and people certainly fit into this category. We must put acceptance into practice, reminding ourselves regularly that we don’t have control over people and many other things in life.
Love, patience and acceptance. These are mindful acts that we need to consciously put into practice each day. We are not saints. We will be unloving, we will grow impatient; and we will try to fight, or change, the things we won’t accept.
But we have the option to stop in our tracks, stepping on the brakes on and shifting our perspective when we find ourselves veering off course.
We can remind ourselves how it feels to be loved, even when we don’t feel very lovable. We can remind ourselves how it feels when someone is patient with us, even when we have been exceedingly irritating or annoying. And we can remind ourselves how it feels to be accepted, for better or worse, in all of our flawed beauty.
“It doesn’t matter how old you are, there is a little child within who needs love and acceptance.” – Louise Hay
“Good things happen to those who hustle.” – Anais Nin
No, it was not the quote of the day, and I’m quite certain I haven’t come across this one until today. It made me look twice when I flipped the quote calendar, then piqued my interest.
We’re all familiar with the quote that states, “Good things come to those who wait.” Maybe we didn’t challenge that when our parents or teachers tossed it at every disappointment to come our way yet in hindsight, what a passive statement. It’s a false promise of sorts, not intentional by any means, but it states that if we sit back and do nothing – just wait – good things will happen. Continue reading “Work it, baby.”
“Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
“Two things define you: your patience when you have nothing and your attitude when you have everything.” – George Bernard Shaw
May you be mindful of these words as you embark on this new month. Focus on these treasures and transform your life.
“I have just three things to teach: simplicity, patience, compassion. These three are your greatest treasures.” – Lao Tzu
“Before you marry a person, you should first make them use a computer with slow Internet to see who they really are.” – Will Ferrell
As fallible and flawed human beings, we travel through different phases on this journey called life.
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