The Daily Grind Video

A few minutes ago, as I was drawing a bath and getting ready to start a relaxing day.

Russell came running into the bathroom and said, ‘When are you going to write something? Where is your blog for today?’ He said a bunch of other stuff really fast and then said, ‘I’m headed to the gym, I’m headed to the gym!’

I calmly explained that I was going to write something…and he cut me off…

‘Don’t keep saying that, don’t keep saying your going to write something, get your shit down….’ And he left.

I admit that I’ve been rather slow to manifest in written form the writing that’s already been peculating in my mind. (That’s ‘writer speak’ in defense of procrastination)  I knew that I wanted to write about patience as a virtue, yet here I sit rushing to write.  I’m rushing to write about the need to thoughtfully approach the day, the moment, and the various interactions that life presents.  I’m rushing to write something that will inspire you to slow down, smell the roses as they say and really be present.

Whenever my state isn’t in line with what it is I need to do, I go to the Source…. my mother.

So I called my mother just now and in a rather and dramatic and frantic tone I explained the concept of this piece and actually said…. ‘Mom, just tell me quickly some ideas that pop into your head when you think of patience as a virtue.’

She laughed at me. ‘Well, Katie, the first thing I think of is from Ecclesiastes.  It is written that: To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven.’

‘uh-huh, uh-huh…. yeah that’s good, I like that….’ I egged her on.

‘…and much of the world likes to go from experience to experience, from pleasure to pleasure without letting things become the best that they can be.  Impatience and wanting to show yourself or other people that you are a big shot, that you can make things happen fast, that you can get and get and achieve more all of the time robs many people of the experience of true love and trust that is built only when patience and cultivation of that thing is applied.  That’s what I always taught you! Wait for the best.  Put one foot in front of the other and move towards your dreams, but take the time and put the work in to manifest something beautiful,’ she explained.

ahhh, mother does know best. My mother’s words made me calm and now from an inner stillness I can tell you the message for today:

Practice, patience. Approach your work and your life from a peaceful and aware spirit. But patience doesn’t mean laziness and procrastination. Patience is a virtue, be calm and centered. Do it now.

-Katie Rost


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