The stories of my life on a little island in the middle of the Mediterranean sea ... and my occasional adventures beyond these shores.

Friday, 4 October 2013

Her Secret is Patience

Patience is one virtue which I am truly lacking right now. But I won’t go into that and bore you with the details. Instead, I invite you to adopt the pace of nature. For she is a wonderful teacher. And her secret is patience.
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She does not rush things but waits until every petal unfolds in perfection.
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From seeds to flowers and back again, the cycle is repeated, in its proper time, in its appropriate season …
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Summer is slowly dying and autumn is creeping in. Subtly. Secretly. There is a slight shift in the nature of the lift – it is softer, more golden. The shadows are longer. The nights are cooler.
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The crickets have ceased their song and the fields lie in wait for the life-giving rain. Sometimes dark clouds gather and the thunder growls.
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I long for the storm to break. I will it to break. But she whispers in my ear that she is in control. And her secret is patience.
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I feel myself sigh, my tension relax. A measure of serenity returns. I tell myself that there is beauty in every season.
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Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
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Location: wild-flowers – Missouri and Utah (USA); storm clouds – Malta

11 comments:

  1. Same with me, patience is a virtue I truly lack. As you said, we have to learn from nature. Seasons change in perfect unison and that's because of time and patience.

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  2. Loree, this was like a tiny, almost invisible revolution. Almost invisible. I'm glad you wrote it out so we could see at least part of it. Beautiful.

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  3. Beautiful post, Loree..Nature really is the best teacher!

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  4. Ah, this has long been one of my favorite quotes, and that you've combined it here with your wonderful photographs makes it all the more special!

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  5. oh yes, the shadows lengthening... we look for that here, too. (and may you have the patience you need for whatever you are waiting upon.)

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  6. Dear Loree - beautiful pictures, beautiful words...I too lack patience - the funny thing the more I need it the more impatient I get (LOL) - Have a beautiful day.

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  7. I think my clouds should meet your clouds Loree...maybe they will come to a meeting of the minds and head someplace else. You are right about patience...althought mine is wearing thin with the rain at our doorsteps these past few weeks. I will remember Vietnam for the rainy season, there is no doubt about that! xx

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  8. Loree!!! This was SO beautiful. My goodness. I saw that there was a new post from you a few days ago but it has been a hectic week here and I never want to skim your posts (!!) but rather save them for when I can really read. So very glad that I did because what a beautiful gift this was for me today.

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  9. I'm feeling rather impatient lately, waiting to hear back from an agent, so I completely sympathize!!!

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  10. I wish I were more patient too. But sometimes it just seems like patience is a waste of time. I know I am wrong but it does feel that way at times :-)

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  11. Oh there is so much truth in this post and so much we can learn from this incredibly powerful lesson of patience, loved reading this xx

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