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“Patience is power. Patience is not an absence of action; rather it is “timing” it waits on the right time to act, for the right principles and in the right way.”  ― Fulton J. Sheen

If you’re a rusher-arounder like me, stop.

Hold it.

Slow down.


What’s your hurry?

In Facebook question after Facebook question, the issue of impatience seems to pop up. Well, how to be more patient with our children to be exact.

This week’s intention is to slow down and let the natural speed of your life unfold and just find your patience edge.

I want to be the mother that’s standing at the door, with a smile — with my heart wide open to the love pouring in or out — Awesomely Awake for every single moment of every single day, even during the most challenging.

Not yelling and screaming and rushing.

Just completely at peace.

I’m guessing you’re with me here.

So when the children are fighting in the backseat on the way to your next destination. Or when it’s been the longest of days and your spouse is going to be late again. And when the kitchen floor that was just cleaned needs cleaned all over again.

Notice how you feel but say nothing.

When the juice spills or the big box of beads topple and clang all over the first floor. When the bath time water ends up on the floor and not in the tub. When the mess of all messes challenges your very essence.

Notice how your body reacts but say nothing.

When the rain pours in through the opened windows, the umbrellas fall to the ground and the chairs blow in the storm.

Pay attention to the anger stirring inside of you but say nothing.

When the bad news hits, the mean people strike, the unlucky takes over.

Own the frustration building up in your soul but say nothing.

Or when that difficult behavior stage has you up late, worrying. And your child is slow to come around to learning something new. And when you needed to leave 10 minutes ago to get to that thing, that unimportant thing you signed up for …

Walk to your edge of impatience, put your toes over the edge and dangle there, waiting but saying not a single word.

But, there’s only 24 hours in a day, your wanting to scream back at me. I have things to do. Places to go.

And yet there’s 24 whole amazing hours each day! The floor can wait until tomorrow. The fighting in the backseat will end, eventually. Your husband will make it home tonight and for that be grateful.

Will any of these things matter in a month, a year, two years?

Let’s not rush any of these unpleasant hours. Let’s fully enjoy them for what they are.

Slow down and just for this week, observe all of the most trying moments of your life and see them for what they are … fleeting moments in time that will pass, even if we say not a word.

No sense in blurting anything out or rushing through any of it.

This is family life.

This is your life.

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