“Be patient with yourself. Self-growth is tender;
it’s holy ground. There’s no greater investment.”
– Stephen Covey
In the rush to live our lives, we sometimes force ourselves to go, go, go and we miss out on the lessons that we can learn when we are patient with ourselves and others. It is in truly embracing all of our qualities, both good and bad, when we invest in ourselves to empower our lives and to improve ourselves. Taking the time needed to hold our pain and to look within our whole selves to tenderly embrace what is here right now makes all the difference. To embrace another person’s spirit even when we are not in agreement is to ignite self-awareness in ourselves.
It has been written that ‘time heals all wounds’ and that what we criticize in another person is what we ourselves criticize in ourselves. To become forgiving of what we dislike in another is to forgive ourselves for the same. We are whole. Our soul selves encompass all traits that we recognize in another person and it is what we do with those traits is what matters. We can choose to forgive them and ourselves for what we deem faults. We can choose to recognize examples of kindness, patience and love or we can choose to concentrate on pain, suffering and wrongdoing. It is our choice in how we view ourselves and the world around us.
But to be patient with ourselves, grows our souls, our minds and our hearts in a way like no other. Sure, I am equally guilty of rushing myself to ‘get over’ painful situations and to drudge on with life trying to find the mercy of kindness without giving myself time to mourn what could be and what truly is in my life. I’ve tried to ‘get over’ situations that were or were not within my control quickly so that I could feel better. However, I am finding that to patiently experience what is here and now is the key I forgot I possessed; the key that I didn’t realize opened my heart, mind and soul to a deeper place of understanding and self-growth.
I love this quote and thought perhaps it was meant for others as well as me today. I was blessed to greet the morning with a visitor with whom I locked eyes for quite awhile. A six point buck stood majestically across the street from my house and we stood 20 feet apart gazing at each other while the world stood quietly in the morning light. It was breath-taking for me to see his powerful build and to feel his eyes lock with mine in a few moments of pure energy. He and I connected ~ it was as if we were meant to meet. I watched him as he slowly turned and walked away, regally in his own time, across the yard and disappeared behind the trees. It was a beautiful moment for me. I looked up buck totem animal and found:
‘The buck is deeply aware of the seasons and adapts to all of them. He will teach you to keep going through the storms of winter, filled with the joy of being who you are, until the green blades of grass again poke through the melting snow. When the world seems cold, fill yourself with his sure knowledge that spring will always come again. He will also teach you how to renew your energy and power, just as he regrows his antlers each season. If you feel weakened by the challenges of life, breathe in his energy and feel the velvety antlers sprouting as your power returns in full. Then lift up your chin and show the world who you are, the beautiful and majestic buck.’ here
So please, take time each and everyday to be like the buck as in time, your power returns in full ~ lift up your chin and show the world who you are, a powerful, beautiful and majestic soul who is loved.
P.S. My heartfelt gratitude to BAngel for the photo.