Waiting... waiting for inspiration. Back in the day, I used to be a prolific blogger. Two, three posts a week. That kind of pace is seems totally absurd to me now. I think if I had one a week now I'd feel like I'd completed a dissertation.

I like to balance blog posts with pictures, so usually I wait to be inspired by pictures we take, or the adventures we go on and the blog posts just write themselves.

The theme for the Pulsipher family this summer is patience. We find ourselves on the verge of life-changing "news." What's trying about this, is that it's completely out of our hands at the moment. It's quite one thing to be waiting on a process or product that you are 100% responsible for the time line and the outcome, it's quite another to be completely dependent on others.

Ashley and I are really good at balancing each other out, even when it comes to being patient. By our own admission, we are both terribly impatient people, but we seem to have just enough of it when the other is about to lose their cool.

I sometimes tell George that we gave him genes for being tall, and having freckles, but that when it comes to being patient, he's going to have to figure out another source for that gift. The patience well has completely run dry.

So here we are... waiting. Like George displays up above. I like what Dieter Uchtdorf said recently about patience:

"Patience is not passive resignation, nor is it failing to act because of our fears. Patience means active waiting and enduring. It means staying with something and doing all that we can—working, hoping, and exercising faith; bearing hardship with fortitude, even when the desires of our hearts are delayed. Patience is not simply enduring; it is enduring well!"

I see George in a lazyboy, and it makes me want to endure things well. For him, for Ashley, and for myself. My life is better when people are patient with me. It is an admirable quality that I hope to develop.

Any tips on patience and enduring well?


the youngs said...

patience is a virtue that i do not have. but i agree that it is a desirable and admirable quality. so what is the big news you are waiting for? i am guessing job? relocation? fill us in--don't assume that just because we are best friends that i know what you are talking about! we are out here drowning in the nashville floods, so throw us a frickin' bone! ;)

Sally DeFord said...

You could try distracting yourselves with something else. Start some kind of great project. Obsess about learning a new hobby. You get the idea.

Serena Cherry said...

We know this waiting game well, and you obviously learn a lot from being dependent on others (humility) and gratitude for what you already have, and you learn who you are really dependent on, but really...IT TOTALLY SUCKS! :) You guys will do great, no matter what! Hang in there!

Liz said...

Hey, I'm giving a talk on Sunday about patience! And I'm basing it on that talk. Hooray!

The thing that helps me be patient is just trying to remember every day to be happy in my circumstances, whatever they may be. Enjoy every day for what it is, and do things that make you happy and make you a better person. I think that's the key to not having "passive resignation."