I have several sites with inspirational quotes bookmarked on my computer. Sometimes, I literally close my eyes and move my mouse around until I feel I have found the right spot to click. As I am moving my mouse, I think to myself: I will select the quote that will provide me with the most wisdom in this moment. Then I stop the mouse and open my eyes.
Today, I clicked on a quote by Sarah Ban Breathnach. “Expect to have hope rekindled. Expect your prayers to be answered in wondrous ways. The dry seasons in life do not last. The spring rains will come again.”
I am never disappointed when I play my random quote game!
When I read these words this morning, I immediately began to smile. This reminder came at the perfect time for me. You see, despite that I know this to be true, at times I find myself falling victim to my own thoughts of lack. When a dry season comes, my impatience gets the best of me and I find myself singing the “Where is it, I Want it Now” blues. Patience can be a challenge, but just like all challenges, this too can be mastered! As with all skills, patience takes practice. Some people are better at this than others, and I am admittedly one of those that needs practice.
So what do we do? We embrace the dry season! Know that something wonderful is already on it’s way. Instead of wondering where “it” is, feel the excited anticipation of what is going to arrive! We need to focus on the feeling whatever we are waiting for will bring once it arrives. Focusing on it not being here will only make the feeling of lack grow, not bring whatever we are waiting for to us. But how do we remember this when we are already feeling it? I have decided to carry a trinket with me to remind me of what I am waiting for instead of thinking about it not being here. I chose a small, plain rock to serve as my patience reminder. It is smooth, non-descriptive, and easy to carry with me. I take it out of my purse when I get to work and place it on my desk where I can see it. I place it on my bedside table at night so I can visualize what I want right before I fall asleep.
The rock acts as a symbol for what I am waiting for as if it is already a real thing, not just a wish. Whenever I see that rock, it reminds me that what I want is on it’s way. I see it, and I shift my thinking to what I want to happen. I feel the feeling I will have once I achieve what I want, I think of new exciting ideas that will move me closer, and sometimes I arrive at new conclusions that move me toward something even better! The minute we start to give up on our expectation for something great, that is when we get lost in the impatience. Don’t let yourself get lost…expect great things!