Tuesday, April 16, 2013

'Cocoon time' and patience

I'm really not sure what to do about either of two relationship issues I face right now. Friendships are very important to me, so I don't want to rush into action. On the other hand, I'm feeling the discomfort of letting things be as they are right now. I'm not as high on the patience scale as I would like to be!

The more I reflect on this—and journal on both these knotty situations—the more convinced I am that I need to take my own advice. It's time to let things just be for a while. I need to leave some "cocoon time" for both situations and see what emerges. It's tempting to try bring some resolution. But, deep inside, I know the importance of letting things just "be" for a while. I also know what can happen when someone tries to force the butterfly from a cocoon too soon. Not a desirable outcome!

Good soups, good wine, and good friendships all need time. I need to practice patience. I need to trust that cocoon time will create what needs to be. One way or another, transformation will occur.

Cocoon time may not bring about the transformation or result I'd like to see. But it will be what's needed somehow. And then I'll need to practice the Serenity Prayer.

Have you had something recently that you wanted to move to resolution before it had a chance to simmer? If so, then you'll know my conflicted feelings in just letting the situations be what they are for the moment. Deep breaths. Let it be.

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