February 18, 2011

Patience, Perseverance, and Planning


Adopt the pace of nature.

Her secret is patience.

~ Ralph Waldo Emerson ~

Lessons in the art of patience seem to be on our collective minds these days. It seems difficult for folks today to show patience. With modern conveniences, electronic devices, and multi-tasking, we don’t get much practice to hone this virtue.

People are always blaming their circumstances for what they are.

I don’t believe in circumstances.

The people who get on in this world are the people

who get up and look for the circumstances they want,

and, if they can’t find them, make them.

~ G.B. Shaw ~

And perseverance is an inseparable twin of patience. You can’t have one asset without the other.

Failing to plan is planning to fail.

~ Alan Lakein ~

And while I am going through the “p” section of the dictionary, let’s not forget about planning. It is the magic ingredient to any successful endeavor. One has to look ahead, imagine how things could be, and formulate a strategy on how to get to that destination.

As I go about my daily life, I wonder if the younger generation is learning these important characteristics and if the older generation has forgotten. Perhaps we should plant a few seeds and get some needed practice.


  1. I'm not a young person though I'm quite sure I could benefit from planting a seed or two.

  2. I needed this today! Great post.
    Hope you are enjoying this wonderful weather :)
    We are!

  3. I purchased seeds today, so I guess I will get to use my patience soon!

  4. Thanks for the reminder! Must admit my patience has been tested some here lately! Oh, but, my Lord, says "Let patience have her perfect work, that you may be perfect, lacking nothing."

  5. Couldn't be More ture Donna...and love the photo! Cool shot!
    Happy weekend!

  6. some years my patience crop grows better than others. Maybe with better planning and perseverance I can cultivate the perfect crop this year. So far it's looking good :)

  7. Gotta' have everything, now... now... now!

    Yes, this does seem to be the motto of too many young. And of too many older, too, I fear.

    Mrs. Bradley >,-)

  8. Life certainly is a lesson in patience. I have never had much of it but I want more! Unfortunately, "Impatient" is actually my middle name ... ;-}

  9. So true...seems patience is a dying art these days!

  10. I have noticed I do not have the patience I used to, but I remind myself I do not want to rush the days as I grow older.

    The young? Not a bit LOL

    Good post!

  11. love this post, donna.....wonderful words...i pray for patience daily....i am doing better....but i also worry about the younger generation....trying to give them a heads up doesn't always work....but....having faith might!
    thanks for this....

  12. It does seem that we have this "instant gratification" thing going on these days... it would be so much better to exhibit some patience.. something to think about thats for sure!

  13. I just planted my herbs a week ago. I'm having a quite difficult time waiting patiently for them to show their little faces. :)
    I hope you have good luck with yours!


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