RevGals Friday Five: Patience or Pigheadedness

(Photo of a tree on the rim of the Grand Canyon, from the files of Mompriest, a true sign of tenacity or maybe patience)

Sally over at RevGals is growing a vegetable garden and celebrating the graduation of three of her children from college, both of which she thinks have required a certain amount of patience and some pigheadedness for the school completion. She offers this Friday Five Meme as a result:

1. Is patience a virtue you possess? If it is then does it come naturally, if not how do you/ did you work at it? I remember a friend of mine talking about her young children and their efforts to get their way - dawdling, distracted, temper tantrums, etc. She said, I can always wait them out and outlast them, they won't wear me down just to get their way....or something like that. I do not have that kind of patience. After a time I'd just scoop my kids up and say, "Off we go!" or get angry, or sometimes give in (not my best parenting response). I do practice having patience and waiting and being mindful. I think I go in spurts of action and then non-action, of impatience and then patience. Almost always though this is an internal process for me, what I am actually doing might look very different.

2. Being patient with ourselves can be a huge challenge, we are often our own worst critics; is there anything you need to be patient with yourself with at the moment? Yes. I am trying to lose a little weight, which seems to be a huge effort for the first time ever. I watch my intake and exercise a lot and increase my metabolism, but with very little response. I am however getting into shape even if I'm not losing much weight. I look better even if I'm not "smaller". At 53 it's a tough process. I am also in a job search and that definitely requires significant patience, reflection, and self examination.

3. Are you the kind of person who can/ will persist with a difficult task? How much of this is personality related? I can be tenacious and stick to it. I can also let it go when it seems to be a lost cause. Sometimes I may let things go pre-emtively if it feels like there is too much resistance, but that depends. Mostly I have a high degree of perseverance under challenge and work hard to move through it.

4. Can you spot when persistence turns into pig-headed-ness, or do you never get there? On occasion I have indeed become pig-headed, it's what helped me earn a dual-degree with two young kids. Some think I was pig-headed in my desire to do some healthy things at a place that did not want to look at the unhealthiness and make better choices. That was a place where I eventually had to let go.

5. Post a song or a poem that chills you out and helps you to re-group, re-focus and carry on? For many years I would get a massage and use the music from American Indian Flutist, Carlos Nakai. His music definitely chills me in the best of ways. Now I take a yoga class or do one of my yoga CD's when I need to chill and focus. I also practice silent prayer/mediation for 40 minutes a day. I find my center in silence.

Bonus, a picture or a photo that speaks to you of patience or persistence....
These tress live on the top of the Rockies, 9,600 feet up. Although it was early May when I took this photo it was still 30 degrees, cold, windy, and snowing. The represent a great deal of patience and tenacity waiting for summer, for warmth, for sun. They also have a great deal of strength to survive the harsh elements at this altitude.


altar ego said…
You and I are the same age, and it is a bear to try to lose weight. The excess I carry just piled itself on without permission or invitation, and I am very unhappy about it. Even when I had a few pounds to lose I never considered myself fat or heavy. Now, heavy is definitely a word that can be applied. Kudos to you for your persistence in working at it! And blessings on your journey in other areas that require patience and perseverence.
angela said…
I know what you mean about the kiddo--since I'm in my late forties with a 2 yr old it's sometimes not a nice combo. I want her to be active and me, well, I've been a yoga person not a go out and jog person. It always looks painful.

Thanks for the reminder about the trees--sometimes a mountaintop is the most renewing place. I liked all your insights.
RevDrKate said…
I like the trees...yes you are persistent in the good places, I remember the year I first "met" you as a blogger and you were definitely persisting through a hard place with patience.
Sally said…
love, just love the trees! ( are you my secret twin???)
I wish I knew what the person before me said. I'm getting so many postings from Chinese, Japanese, Korean. I think they all say buy Viagra from me!
Wish I had time to do meditation, yoga, swim, think...

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