It seems to me that some people are just great about being patient… they don’t try to hurry along every lesson they are in the midst of learning. They enjoy the process and know that if they are patient and persevere there will come a day when they will reap their hard earned reward.
I really would like to think that I am one of these people. I had to go through a long ordeal and lots of pain before I got to hold my son Seth. Due to some complications it took us 5 years and 4 lost pregnancies before we became parents. Now looking back I realize that God had a plan all along and there were things I learned about myself through those hard years that otherwise I would not have ever known. Yet time and time again when I am going through something or I am attempting to do or learn something new I seem to have the expectation that if I desires it then it must instantly be so. Like a magic trick.
The interesting thing about Patience is not the waiting but how we handle the process. It is important that we be able to have a level of contentment with our present circumstances all the while making every effort to improve those things that can be improved and accept those that cannot. Knowing that we will only be perfected when we meet Him face to face.
Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith hproduces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.
2 things I am attempting to learn/do where my patience is being tested are in relation to dieting and photography.
I think that after giving birth to luke 2 months ago I had hoped that with my strict eating habits I would have seen a much bigger weight loss by this point. I would like the weight to all just come off the moment I give birth but that is not the fact and from everything I read I hear that it usually takes about 9 months to a year to get back to your pre pregnancy weight unless you do something drastic. I am actively working at achieving my goal I just need to accept that it is not an instant type of thing and that eventually if I continue my hard work I will reap the reward.
I believe the same goes with my desire to improve my skill and knowledge of photography (shooting & editing). I love photography, I have come to realize that every time I look around and see something that is pleasing to the eye I wonder “what would that look like through a lens”. I could be driving along and see something that makes me pull over and reach for my camera whether it is my DSLR or my iPhone camera it doesn’t much matter. I want to capture it. I know the key here is practice, practice, practice. It’s true because I can already scroll through photos I’ve taken in the past 2 years and realize that there has been much improvement, there is still room for much more and I will focus on enjoying the process.
here are some photos I took yesterday while I spent the morning alone with Luke out in the Pearl District.
Patience is a virtue after all… a virtue is a quality considered good and/or desirable.