Definition: good-natured tolerance of delay or incompetence; calmly or diligently enduring.
Whenever I get this card, I sometimes notice a twinge of irritation arising in me that usually means I need to stop pushing, slow down and allow myself and/or others to move through their process of unfolding. In short, I need more patience.
Sometimes we have a lot of patience in certain areas of our life and not in others. Some people may have copious amounts of patience teaching complicated material, or caring for the young, and yet none while driving. Often we have the least amount of patience for ourselves.
Regardless of our level of patience, there are usually situations or places where we can apply more patience. I have never heard anyone ever say, “That person has too much patience.” Patience is not a resignation to the endurance of pain or discomfort. Patience is the belief or expectation that everything will eventually work out and change for the better, that “this too shall pass.”
When this card shows up, you may want to ask yourself where you need more patience for yourself, others or in the world around you. Where do you have the most patience? Where do you have the least? Imagine what it would feel like to extend patience to yourself.
© 2011 Leslie Helen Bambic Ciechanowski
Every week I shuffle and draw a card to write about and represent the week ahead. My only rule is that if I draw one that I have already written about, I draw another. In this way I am using the spirit of the cards themselves.
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