Posts Tagged ‘Patience’

The Hard Part Is Standing The Taste Until The Fruit Ripens

December 14, 2017

Patience is bitter, but its fruit is sweet.

– Frequently attributed to Jean-Jacque Rousseau, but this is disputed, so this is more likely proverbial wisdom

Or Internet, Come To Think

August 21, 2015

Patience, thy name is not bird.

– Something I heard myself muttering as I stumbled about for Algiz the Sun Conure‘s food this morning.

At Least I’m Not Proud Of That

February 18, 2015

I am patient with stupidity but not with those who are proud of it.

Edith Sitwell

(Found this while looking for a quote about patience since my wrist still hurts a bit, and I was starting to get impatient about that . . . which is a little bit stupid when you think about it.)

Post Birthday Thoughts 2012 (Part Four)

May 17, 2012

I’ll spare you the details of the tedious build up of my day, and cut straight to the intersection of “Can I please get one damn thing to go as intended and without interruption today?” and “Sure, going out to dinner sounds great!” (It did, and I had hopes the . . . strategic retreat would eventually allow me to rally, but I made it clear up front that my going out was contingent on getting some uninterrupted time when I got back.)

Then there was the traffic jam.

Dinner was fine, but the delay added up to it being much later on us getting back than I needed, with an overtired toddler in tow to boot.  While L. was being prepped for bed, I sat down to finally get something, anything done before I was simply too tired to do it, and . . .

“Rob, can you help me?” the question, perhaps foolishly, was uttered by L’s mother.

To be brutally honest, a year ago this would have a “last straw” moment for me, and a case could even be made that such a reaction, up to a point, would be justified, or at least understandable.

Instead, I saved my work, got up to help, and (eventually) managed to get back to what I was doing, no muss, no fuss.

That may not sound like a big deal to you, and that would be fair, but I wouldn’t have been able to pull that trick off even once a year ago, and I know it, so that’s my proof that there’s been some definite changes over the past year.  Hopefully the year upcoming will be as positive for me as well.

Lady Life willing, of course.

Post Birthday Thoughts 2012 (Part Three)

May 16, 2012

One thing the past year of fatherhood has taught me is greater flexibility and patience.  I still feel frustration, of course; in fact I may well feel frustration on a daily basis more often than I ever have before in my life.  Despite (or perhaps because of) that, only rarely does it reach the . . . intensity that used to be the hallmark of my relationship with frustration.

While this is a fact, it’s also one of those statements that is way too easy to come across as disingenuous when one says it, and this morning I vaguely toyed with the idea that if I couldn’t come up with a way to illustrate the above statement, I might not want to mention it at all.

Which means, of course, that I well and truly asked for it, and have no right to be surprised that an illustration obligingly presented itself.