I'm not the most patient person on the planet. I'm not proud of that. But it's really true. And as much as I try to do otherwise, I'm also not great at staying in the moment. I keep trying, though.
So when I came across this quote from the late Henri Nouwen, Dutch theologian and writer, I wrote it out and kept it on my mirror:
"Patience is not waiting passively until someone else does something. Patience asks us to live the moment to the fullest, to be completely present to the moment, to taste the here and now, to be where we are. When we are impatient, we try to get away from where we are. We behave as if the real thing will happen tomorrow, later, and somewhere else. Let's be patient and trust that the treasure we look for is hidden in the ground on which we stand."
Isn't that wonderful? ..."trust that the treasure we look for is hidden in the ground on which we stand." I like that.