Patience

Above all, trust in the slow work of God,
We are, quite naturally,
impatient in everything to reach the end
without delay.

We should like to skip
the intermediate stages.
We are impatient of being
on the way to something unknown,
something new,

And yet it is the law of all progress
that it is made by passing through
some stages of instability-
And that it may take a very long time.

And so I think it is with you. ~
Your ideas mature gradually
let them grow,
let them shape themselves,
without undue haste.

Don’t try to force them on,
As though you could be today
what time (that is to say, grace and
circumstances acting on your own good will)
will make you tomorrow.

Only God could say what this new spirit
gradually forming within you will be.

Give our Lord the benefit of believing
that his hand is leading you,
and accept the anxiety of
feeling yourself in suspense and incomplete.

—Pierre Tiehard du Chardin

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Our real blessings often appear to us in the shape of pains, losses and disappointments; but let us have patience, and we soon shall see them in their proper figures.
—Joseph Addison

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Posted by | Paul Reynolds
Paul has been a yoga teacher on the Island of Kauai for many years and is the facilitator of the weekly Living the Question Blog - a repository of wisdom and inspiration. Paul also produces and hosts Le Guru is You Radio Show, showcasing everyday gurus.

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