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Friday, June 04, 2010

Patience and persistence- Friday Five...

As I write this I can see out over our newly set up veggie plot from my study window. When Tim and I moved here in August last year he set to work clearing the ground, this spring I began planting seeds indoors and out, and now the beds are full of leaf and promise. We have harvested some spinach and lettuce, but still have to wait for the main crops....

Patience is something that sometimes comes easy and sometimes doesn't, in the case of the garden it is easy, I can see the growth and know that waiting will produce good results. With other things patience is more difficult....

Along with looking forward to eating our own veggies, we are also looking forward to seeing four of our children graduate with Bachelors degrees this year, they have worked hard over the three years and stuck at it through some difficult stuff. It would have been easy for them to give up, but they haven't...

Persistence often pays off, but we need to be aware that it sometimes turns into sheer pig headed-ness...

With all that in mind I offer you this Friday Five:

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?

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?

3. Are you the kind of person who can/ will persist with a difficult task? How much of this is personality related?

4. Can you spot when persistence turns into pig-headed-ness, or do you never get there?

5. Post a song or a poem that chills you out and helps you to re-group, re-focus and carry on?

Bonus, a picture or a photo that speaks to you of patience or persistence....

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  1. I played here, and am now dashing into a busy day with funerals and other things, will be back to check out your plays later. Have a great day :-)

  2. Here are a few thoughts on the subject. I'm not sure I gave any specific examples, but maybe I will later today. Thanks for the thought-provoking friday five.

  3. I took my time with my responses to Sally’s thoughtful ff here.

  4. Sally - I really like this Friday Five. I am a frequent reader of RevGalBlogPals, and post occasionally. This Friday Five resonated with me because just yesterday my counselor pointed out how I hold myself to impossibly high standards. I have patience with everyone else, except myself. I have to force myself to persist with difficult tasks: that kind of persistence doesn't come naturally to me. Pig-headedness comes into my life around the edges: usually when I refuse to "give in" and share what's really going on inside me with those around me.

  5. I played here and even was patient enough to get a very special photo to post!

  6. I managed to make it through this task ...but it didn't really require patience, probably a good thing!

  7. A long time since I've played a FF. I'm back. Here is mine.

  8. As we say in my family "better Nate than Lever."* I finally got my Friday Five done and posted HERE!

    *("Better late than never.")

  9. Wrote most of thisyesterday morning, & had planned to finish & post last night - but a sudden surprise party ambushed me instead...So I'm late as usual, even though I actually STARTED early.


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