The Waiting Game

Buddha under the Magnolia Tree

“Patience is the training in abiding with the restlessness of our energy and letting things evolve at their own speed.” Pema Chodron

“The practice of patience guards us against losing our presence of mind. It enables us to remain undisturbed, even when the situation is really difficult. (…) rather than being driven by our disturbing emotions.” Dalai Lama

“Patience is not simply the ability to wait – it’s how we behave while we’re waiting.”  Joyce Meyer

The waiting game is difficult  until I settle down and learn the rules. Really, they are the same as the rules of life.

1. The present moment is all I have. I am happiest when I can relax in it and not waste it on worry or fast-forwarding.

2. It is what it is. No amount of mental and emotional machinations will change what it is.

3. Whatever the outcome – good news/bad news – he calls/he doesn’t call – it arrives/it doesn’t arrive..I will deal with it. I am capable and strong and can be flexible.

4.The best I can do for myself is to continue my life as I would do if I weren’t waiting.

Remembering the rules is the trick, isn’t it?

Life Student

 

 

 

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