Patience is not simply the ability to wait - it's how we behave while we're waiting.
Advent is the time to soberly and joyfully prepare once again to receive God's gift of Christmas.
Waiting develops perseverance. Persevering builds our emotional, physical and spiritual muscles so when we crack the goal we’ve been aiming at, we are equipped for the demands of the new season
Waiting is about time. Waiting is focused on the future, not a backward look or even a glance into the past. A looking forward to a new, different time, a new experience. Something is coming – good or bad, it is coming.
It is while you are patiently toiling at the little tasks of life that the meaning and shape of the great whole of life dawn on you.
Three things you can do right now, today:
Slow down. Rushing means you miss what’s right here.
Pay attention. Look at what’s around you right now. Look at yourself, and how great you are. If it doesn’t seem great, look closer.
Applaud. I applaud when I like something. It may be a performance or it maybe someone’s speech. I applaud each day because there is so much to be thankful for.
In a world of instant everything, try adding a little anticipation to your life. Plan experiences early and use the wait as an opportunity to learn, grow, and create: you will be happier for it
An inexhaustible good nature is one of the most precious gifts of heaven, spreading itself like oil over the troubled sea of thought, and keeping the mind smooth and equable in the roughest weather.