pa·tience | [pey-shuhns] | noun

  1. the bearing of provocation, annoyance, misfortune, or pain, without complaint, loss of temper, irritation, or the like.
  2. an ability or willingness to suppress restlessness or annoyance when confronted with delay: to have patience with a slow learner.
  3. quiet, steady perseverance; even-tempered care; diligence: to work with patience.

Patience serves as protection against wrongs, as clothes do against cold. If you put on more clothes as the cold increases, it will have no power to hurt you. So in like manner, you must grow in patience when you meet with great wrongs, and they will then be powerless to vex your mind. – Leonardo daVinci

The word patience is my favorite word of the year… and (with a calm, audible sigh) we have it for two full weeks. Each year, as we marinate in 14 full days of this word… it grows on me, and changes me, and helps me to become a better person. I hope you experience the same gift.

If the person you are talking to doesn’t seem to be listening, be patient. It may simply be that he has a small piece of fluff in his ear. – Pooh’s Little Instruction Book, inspired by A.A. Miline

Patience is full of empathy – so it has the power to change you, as well as those around you. As you practice patience – with yourself and others,  heartache, discomfort and frustration move into the past.  They are never will have the power that they hold in in the present.

Because seasons always change.

Because Patience is a Virtue.

The two most powerful warriors are patience and time. – Leo Nikolaevich Tolstoy, Novelist, Philosopher

Philosophy In Action

Have Patience this week; with yourself and your abilities…with your shortcomings. Find patience with the conditions of your life, with the baggage that you must sometimes carry, and the foggy path which lies ahead. Have Patience with the noise in the air, and with the people around you. Have patience with all that remains unsolved in your heart.

Mind Games: Your Weekly Mantra

This week your mantra is a sound, rather than words.  When you need to cultivate more patience, exhale, audibly, slowly, completely.

Color Your World

The color of the month is Cerulean, a light blue, promotes ease while allowing you to attain balance of giving and receiving.

Chakra Therapy

The 5th chakra or throat chakra can be easily cleansed by audibly exhaling instead of blurting out speech even if it seems extremely necessary to you at the time.

Sole Training

We typically don't notice our feet until they hurt. Other pain - residing in the lower back, hip and knees often stems from the feet.  Fixing your feet is possible - but it's not in a pill or a shot.  No quick fixes here.  Begin by patiently recognizing your feet - caring for them by attending to your toenails and calluses.  Rub your feet every day before you get out of bed. Notice how time and attention can heal.


  1. Kath
    Saturday, October 19th, 2013 at 7:59 am ·

    Patience. 7 weeks ago I had major abdominal surgery. I knew recovery would be rough, but I had no idea. Going in, I was disappointed that I had to get my classes covered and that it would be a while before I could return to 100%. Little did I know that I was going to fight to accomplish normal “activities of daily living” (are you aware that pumping soap out of a dispenser in a bathroom uses ab muscles? Too painful the first week…).
    So, here I am, using patience (thankfully for 2 whole weeks) to get back to a healthy me. 2 weeks ago my plank was 14 seconds, but I just got in 1 minute 20 seconds this morning. Yesterday I tried my first jog, and finished with a s-l-o-w (but completed!) 12:33 mile. I’m heading in the right direction.Patience. I will be back. Thanks, all!

  2. Rebecca Malandra
    Sunday, October 14th, 2012 at 5:22 am ·

    Ahhh, patience. I’ve been telling my story to my classes in regards to patience. I’ve always been a step behind everyone else. In my experiences, my life has been revolving around “A for effort”. Never had perfect scores, never been number one, never been the top ten! Growing up, I would get awards for “most improved”. However, patience is what gets me to never give up. My famous saying, “I may not be fast, but I will finish”. Now that, takes patience! I think I’ll give myself an “A” for just living for today…YAY! = )

    • Wendy Strohl
      Monday, October 15th, 2012 at 5:28 pm ·

      I so relate! Thanks for sharing.

    • Jennifer Schumacher
      Tuesday, October 16th, 2012 at 11:07 am ·

      This is great! I can totally relate… the word patience couldn’t have been at a better time. On Sunday, Oct. 14th, I had a terrible cold, couldn’t breathe through my nose and my body aches were awful, especially at 5:00am when I woke up to run a half marathon. My goal was to finish the race and get rid of the thought of actually running this race as fast as I could… it required TONS of patience as I am a “type A” person who wants to be the best at everything. Although, I didn’t get the best time (for me), and I couldn’t breathe… it was one of the best experiences I have ever had… PATIENCE will get you very far in life!

  3. Rebecca Malandra
    Monday, October 8th, 2012 at 4:54 am ·

    “Trees that are slow to grow bear the best fruit.”
    ― Molière (Jean-Baptiste Poquelin)

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