Many years agoI came across Everyday Zen by Charlotte Joko Beck and have continued to reference it throughout the years. One line, in particular, really stuck with me. "When you practice patiently, eventually work begins flow. We just do whatever needs to be done." Charlotte Joko Beck. This quote has really helped me move more peacefully throughout my days. I know that there will always be tedious tasks that seem like they will never end such as laundry, dishes, grocery shopping, etc. I just remind myself to move through these tasks patiently & eventually they are completed without creating too much tension.
More recently I came across another quote about patience that really resonated with me. "Patience is bitter, but its fruit is sweet." Lida Clarkson. It is so much more challenging to be patient than it is to fly off the handle when things aren't going as intended. When I remind myself of this quote, I am usually able to stay patient & calm, key word being, usually!
Patience is a constant work in progress especially in this fast-paced world that we live in. The patience pay off is definitely worth the work!