Practicing patience

July 10, 2008 at 10:14 pm 1 comment

Our doctor appointment today went well, though not quite exactly how I’d hoped it would go. (Confession: my hope was that we’d have to call the doctor and have her meet us at the hospital because I was in labor and the baby was coming any second. That didn’t quite happen.) 😉

I’m not as disappointed as I was after last weeks’ appointment, or as bummed out as I thought I would be that the little peanut won’t arrive today. (Last week was BAD…) Yesterday I had a peaceful realization (okay, remembrance more that realization) that this time we have now before Janae arrives is a gift. This time of just Jeff and I being together is precious, and something that I will always cherish. Rather than fuss needlessly over how I can speed up babys’ arrival (which I’d totally been doing, to no avail. Seriously- nothing worked, and I tried everything), I’m going to try to be present in the moments of our “just the two of us” time.

As I was sitting on the couch reflecting on how difficult it is to be patient despite the great joy I feel in the present moment, I stumbled upon a quote by Henri Nouwen that perfectly captures my thoughts.

Patience is a hard discipline. It is not just waiting until something happens over which we have no control: the arrival of the bus, the end of the rain, the return of a friend, the resolution of a conflict. Patience is not a waiting passivity until someone else does something. Patience asks us to live the moment to the fullest, to be completely present to the moment, to taste the here and now, to be where we are. When we are impatient, we try to get away from where we are. We behave as if the real thing will happen tomorrow, later, and somewhere else. Let’s be patient and trust that the treasure we look for is hidden in the ground on which we stand.

Here’s to embracing fully the blessings of today while waiting for the joy of tomorrow! (Or whenever the little peanut chooses to arrive.) 🙂

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  • 1. ORGinH a.k.a. DIP  |  July 15, 2008 at 10:58 pm

    Inasmuch as one of my present Life Goals is “be present in the moment” the Nouwen quote is evocative, and apt.

    The days of just the two of you will not be lost – merely held is suspension… for about 20 years. Then there will be a five – six year hiatus… until you get the call, “Mom, can you come over and help?” And that will be another chapter that is – perhaps- even more precious.

    You both stand wrapped in prayer as you await the fulfillment of patience rewarded.

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