The dictionary definition of the word patience as it relates to my writing today is: Tolerant and even-tempered perseverance or the capacity for calmly enduring pain, trying situations, etc.

I don’t know about you and your business but I know the past two years have required a lot of patience on my part. I’ve been laying the ground work that has moved me towards today for what feels like eons. I’m here to provide a reminder to BE PATIENT. PERSEVERE.

Last night, before dinner and after a long day, my littlest child of preschool age threw a huge hissy fit over not getting what she wanted – more play doh. At the time, it was frustrating for those of us around her who were telling her, “No, you cannot have what you want right now, even if you ask nicely, because we need to save some for your brother.” A full blown tantrum on the living room floor ensued. And then a few minutes later she was on her way to play with something else. We were patient with her while she was not.

I don’t know about you but there has been at least a time or two in my adult life where I wanted to drop to the floor and pitch a fit while screaming: “It isn’t fair!” I am thankful those around me were patient with me at that time.

Children are beautiful windows to see through. Their unguarded, unbridled passing for life continues to amaze me. Having not yet mastered the social graces or virtues like patience, there is a pure honesty and authenticity in so much of what they do. Even if we as parents don’t always enjoy the outbursts, there is something to be said for their passion and commitment to try to get what they want.

I go back to BE PATIENT. PERSEVERE. You have to keep dripping on things and doing the work.

As Henry David Thoreau wrote: “Go Confidently in the Direction of Your Dreams. Live the Life You Imagined.”

Quite a while back, at least 6 months ago, I put out an intention to an organization around working together in the future and that I would wait for the right time. I didn’t pursue it and went about my business. Life and work started to get busy and I started to take on multiple projects. While trying to keep up with everything guess what happened? Yup, I got the call this week of an offer to work and play together. While my logical brain went into overdrive on how I was going to make the time work, what I would shift, was there enough time to take this on, etc – the heart side of my brain said, “Yes, this is what you’ve been waiting for, this is work you are called to do, the rest will flow.”

My patience and perseverance had delivered my desire. I’ll figure out the rest.

Where can you plant a positive intention for your life or business, then tend the seeds and wait for the results?

Something to think about.

It would mean a lot to me if you would share this post with others as a reminder to be patient and to work towards your dreams. Also, I’d love to hear your comments on Patience. Please leave me a note below.

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Robin Lynn Brooks - November 12, 2010

First I got a chuckle at the fact that you were inspired to look up the word patience as result of your daughters tantrum. But a nice reflection to share with us. Life happens and If we are not on the journey before us, whatever it is, the road awaiting us up ahead would never appear. Isn’t it wonderful when we find that magic and the happiness as we negotiate around the difficult bends?

Laurie Doering - November 12, 2010

VaNessa: You are wise beyond your years. It took me many years to come to a point in my life where I can patiently wait for what God and our world will supply. My Bible Study is doing a study of Mary and Martha. While Martha works and complains that it isn’t fair for Mary to be listening at Jesus’ feet while she does all the work, it teaches us that patience and waiting will bring us to the rewards. Our Lord does care for us and will provide. Congratulations on your new opportunities.

Nancy Burke Barr, JD - November 12, 2010

Hi VaNessa,

Boy, oh, boy! Those kids sure can teach some amazing lessons! If we are open, our little munchkins sure do have some amazing wisdom.

Although I am not always as patient as I would like with either my children or my business, I certainly have much more patience than I did when I was a young woman. VaNessa, thanks for the reminder that I am not the only one having to be patient!

So, today, I will take a deep breath and forge on!

Mentor Mama

Oliver Tausend - November 15, 2010

Hi Vanessa,

patience is very important, however easier said than done sometimes 😉 – everybody who has children can relate to that.

As long as we move forward into the right direction, patience is a very good thing.

If someone didn’t move into the right direction, patience wouldn’t get them very far, would it ?

Thanks for sharing your story and insights.

Take care


    VaNessa Duplessie - November 15, 2010

    Totally Agree Oliver. You can’t just want something and not move toward it. Like you wrote, you wouldn’t get very far! Moving in a direction and being patient can be challenging; especially in our world of instant access/I want it now mentality. It isn’t always easy to be patient, but well worth it.

Ray Higdon - November 15, 2010

I like what Michael Beckwith says on these same lines, “Pain pushes you until a vision pulls you” =)

Kat Hudson - November 22, 2010

Hi Vanessa, very true post. I definitely have dramas with remaining patient, I want everything yesterday! (my daughter has inherited this from me lol) – I love this:

I go back to BE PATIENT. PERSEVERE. You have to keep dripping on things and doing the work.

As Henry David Thoreau wrote: “Go Confidently in the Direction of Your Dreams. Live the Life You Imagined.”

Roven - February 8, 2011

Hi VaNessa,

Like what you said, Children are beautiful windows to see through. Praying to have more Patients, that is what I need & Perseverance. Thanks again.

Brook - May 17, 2012

Hey there VaNessa Duplessie I loved your informative article on Have Patience. Extermely useful post here. Thank you for sharing your knowledge with me. I will certainly be back.


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