It’s been 4 weeks now that I’ve been dealing with this.  The first two weeks were a sinus infection; the last two have been an ear infection.  Everyday, I wake up and wonder when my ears will feel normal again, and when I’ll hear clearly out of my left ear.

Sometimes when things aren’t going as I expect, I start to get a little panicky.  When will it be healed?  Is it OK?  Is there something wrong?  Should I be concerned that it hasn’t healed yet?  I’m not the most patient patient.

We all want to be in control.  We want to KNOW what is happening, and how long.  But as I have learned lately (again), we can’t always know.  Sometimes, we just have to be patient.

This is not an easy thing to do for most of us.  Especially because our society is oriented towards quick results.  We Americans (and probably a lot of other nations), in this speedy internet age, aren’t a patient culture.

It’s time that we learn to be.

For patience is what gets us through the hard times.  Patience keeps us in the present moment.  Patience is the practice of trust in something greater.  Everyday, we trust that the sun will rise.  We allow ourselves to go to sleep, and if we wake before dawn, we await the sunrise without question – we know it will come up.

Patience is waiting with that kind of trust – with knowing that, like the sunrise, what we long for will arrive.  It’s that kind of inner knowing that powerfully manifests what we intend.  It just may ask us to practice some patience and trust in the process.

I’ve had to be patient in more ways than one, as I’m sure you have.  For over a year, I’ve wanted to write a weekly blog.  I’ve attempted in fits and starts.  And suddenly, during the course of this illness, it has come together.  Something clicked, and now blogs are rolling off my fingers at the keyboard joyfully and effortlessly!  Who would have known?

So, sometimes, your patience may pay off in ways you don’t expect.

If I can be patient, so can you… and maybe like my ear, it will be worth the wait to hear clearly again.


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