Patience is a virtue is an old-fashioned saying, but one that is truly vital to a good life experience. It is as relevant now as it was in ye olden times. I looked for the saying in Bartlett’s but could not find any reference to it. There were however lots of references to the word “virtue,” as in females who lost their virtue basically lost everything. That is a whole other post.
This is day 3 of my 30 day blogging challenge.
Patience, when practiced, gives us pause to be present and allow things to unfold. We live in a “take charge” world so it’s not easy to release that insistent pattern and allow patience in. One place to practice patience is while driving in heavy traffic. Another is when someone bugs the crap out of you and you just want to leave the room or slug them.
To allow oneself to be patient is to open up to new possibilities and to be vulnerable. I don’t have to be right. I can allow others to step ahead or be right. That can be tough since the tendency is to always want to be right. We proclaim that loudly and ferociously.
Patience and art are kind of the same thing, if gentler. It can be uncomfortable to sit with the art that is going nowhere and see what unfolds (if anything.) If it doesn’t what holds you back?
I ask that question of myself all the time because more often than not I meet that old specter “Resistance” when I venture into my studio.
Patience allows the moment of NOW to unfold and show where the art wants to go. But I want to hang out of my “virtual car window” and yell at the art to get a move on. So, if I had infinite patience, I would:
- be able to see the spirit of my art and where it wants to go.
- allow more.
- be patient with people in every situation.
- be patient with situations that need solutions and see what genius idea might come up instead of barging in and fixing things or people.
- know that my turn will come at the right moment. Trusting.
- be able to relax and stay in relaxation.
On a larger world scale:
- there would be no wars since all people would slow down and see what is really going on.
- people would take the time to go within and experience their inner life since there is no need for stress and hurry.
- people would slow down enough to see the value in everyone else and want a harmonious relationship with their neighbor–and nature.
- people would not chase after money like crazy since patience might unfold better ways of dealing in the world and make money that is based on respect for self and others. That is a personal experience, but what if everyone was doing it?
- Patience would show everyone the true value of life since there would be no rat race.
Let’s all wake up and start looking through the eyes of patience.
I know something holds me back from fully allowing and letting go. It is my fearful mind, the one that says “be cautious” don’t give it all away. Hold back…showing vulnerability is me coming from a point of weakness. If I let it “all hang out” I might get punished.
That is bullshit that old experiences created. Fear to be oneself and live out loud.
What to do about it?
Sit with whatever it is and wait for some inspiration, or take some action that is contrary to the status quo. Patience is doing the right thing at the right time.
Patience always leads to inspired action but it will always challenge the go-go-go tendency we have.
Splash some mad color over the art and then wait and see where that leads. Experiment while practicing patience and there will be an opening, a step forward (probably not some action you expected.)
That is how art moves in a new direction and you follow the lead. Trust your gut and let it all hang out!! Yeah.
Create something today! Don’t waste this day of possibility. Cruising Facebook is not worth it. 🙂
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