Patience. One of those lessons that can be challenging to learn. We live in a society today where instantaneous results are expected. It should have been done five minutes ago, but life doesn’t work that way. There is more involved than our wants.
It is October here in Maine. The leaves are starting to fall, and the temperatures have dropped, but we don’t typically expect Nor’easters to happen yet. They normally involve snow and large amounts of wind. Last week we had one that involved rain and large amounts of wind. More than 170,000 people lost power in southern Maine. Living on a main route that has elderly housing on one side and a university on the other typically means we are near the top of the list when power outages occur. Other than the Ice Storm of 1998 when we lost power for around 72 hours, we normally lose it for only about six hours, tops. During this storm we lost power at 4:30 in the morning. Just in time to wreck havoc on a morning routine. My morning routine typically involves an exercise routine, a smoothie made with fruits and vegetables, and a shower. Without power, I couldn’t do my cooler weather exercise routine which requires a television, to make my smoothie I needed a blender, and I guess I could have had a cold shower, but who wants one of those? I started out by throwing myself a small pity party and hoping that the power would instantly come back on. It didn’t. I was going to have to be patient, but what did I do in the meantime? My place of part-time employment had power, so I could spend my day at a place with electricity, something many others didn’t have. I could go to the grocery store and buy a smoothie (something I would probably only do in a pinch in the future, they aren’t really filling). I could walk a lot at work and I didn’t have to take a shower. I got dressed and off I went.
When I came home that night. What to do? I got ready for bed while we still had daylight. Played cards and went to bed at 8:45. I hoped and set the intention the power would be on the next morning. It wasn’t. I went through my new routine again, but I went somewhere else to get my smoothie. Just before leaving work that night the power came back on.
Many storylines in my life right now require patience. This is one of the simplest. There are so many things at play. In this case it seemed the places that lost power are the ones that typically don’t and many were the high priority areas. So like many things in life another’s needs and actions were involved. We can’t override another’s freewill with our manifestations. Two. Divine timing is at play. A lesson was involved that needed to be learned. Flexibility may have been a part of it for me. The need to not be so entirely dependent on routines. A reminder to be grateful for something as simple as electricity. All these items needed to be acknowledged before power could be restored. And three. I wasn’t alone. So many other people were in the same position at that moment.
These three lessons can be applied to so many situations. I can think of multiple others going on in my life at this very moment. I’m sure you can think of many as well. They say patience is a virtue for a reason. It’s something that we all need even at the happiest of times, but most of us don’t have an abundance of it on an everyday basis.
We want what we want, and we want it now. Instant gratification. We want to see the results of the actions we take. We don’t want to wait for days or years to see our intentions made manifest. There have been so many times where something looks right and feels right, but hasn’t happened yet. Why? Maybe the timing is off. Maybe there is something else to be learned. Maybe there is another reason. Those don’t always matter to us in that moment, but they should.
As I have developed my intuitive skills, the lessons come through quicker. It no longer takes years to discover the lesson. My patience and dedication have paid off in that area of my life. Remember to apply patience to all areas of life. It is an important and valuable skill on life’s journey.
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