Tuesday, December 6, 2011

on rivers.

jackson hole. via here.
patience can be hard to come by in this city. sometimes it can be hard to come by depending what part of life you're in. in my mind there are two types of patience, short-term and long-term. short-term patience is more about irritability - not getting annoyed at the subway showing up late or taking a deep breath as a toddler asks you the millionth question that day. and then there's long-term patience. it's not about being irritated, it's about being steadfast. it's about waiting for life to come to you, and not always rushing to meet it. in fact, perhaps patience isn't the right word. perhaps all i'm talking about is the ability to live each day - to know that day, to understand that day, to not ask more from it than what occurred, and to put it to the side as the new one rolls in. planning can be a useful tool - we can plan out wonderful vacations, or get a reservation to the newest restaurant by being aware, by thinking ahead. and while bigger life plans are important to have, and important to think about, they are not a reservation at a restaurant. life doesn't show up at 7 PM on the dot because you want it to. or because you told it too. sometimes you don't show up at 7 PM either. sometimes you are early. sometimes you are late. and sometimes you'll have to linger over a glass of wine as life slowly makes it way to the table. and i think that's what i'm trying to get at. it's not about being patient so much, it's about going along your way, enjoying that glass of wine at that table, knowing that you're still going to have dinner, even if it's served later than you thought.
and i think that will be my new year's resolution this year - to not get caught up in the noise around me. i want to be more patient. i want to meet life at the correct point and time - not make it come and meet me, nor rush to meet it. i want to be steadfast.
and i know i will.
"rivers know this: there is no hurry. we shall get there someday." -- winnie the pooh

12 comments:

  1. One of my favorite quotes ever.

    Such a poignant post, friend.

    I'll be happy to have that glass of wine (or three) with you as we wait.

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  2. molly - me too! amazing how wise a fictional teddy bear can be. and yes, and yes to the wine.

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  3. thanks, needed this today.

    "Peace. It does not mean to be in a place where there is no noise, trouble, or hard work. It means to be in the midst of those things and still feel calm in your heart."

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  4. jess - and i needed that. miss you, as always. and glad to see you're able to comment.

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  5. Well said! It is too easy to get caught up in what's ahead, instead of just enjoying where you are. Good idea for a resolution!

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  6. Such a good post! I for sure don't have that short-term patience, but I'd like to thing I have the second kind. I really love living in the moment and soaking up the now, not thinking too much about the past or future.

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  7. this is a great post, colleen. very well written and has left me thinking!

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  8. I have been catching up on your blog today and was once again struck by your writing. Friend, you have a gift.

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  9. This makes me think of the Joni Mitchell song River. And I love that W.t.P quote.

    Hang in there, Colleen. Buy some Bailey's. Sleep. Hope. Wait.

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  10. This is beautiful, Colleen! And I couldn't agree more.

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  11. thank you all for your compliments! very, very sweet of you.

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  12. I love this (and I am speaking as someone with a totally lack of short-term patience).

    *Erin

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