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Patience Again

“Our real blessings often appear to us in the shape of pains, losses and disappointments; but let us have patience and we soon shall see them in their proper figures.” – Joseph Addison

This week, I have been arm-wrestling with patience. I strained my ankle last week and I’ m off on my training schedule. Not too far, but off plan just the same. Pretty minor in the overall scheme of things, but after three months of training, I’m frustrated with a side of self-pity and crabby.

It’s easy to be positive when the world is going our way. The real test is in pain and disappointment. And if we take our eyes off of ourselves long enough, we can receive the gifts that trials offer including a deeper level of empathy for others.

We’ll see how long it will take my pep talks to transform my attitude, but I’m going to keep trying until it clicks. And it’s really about how we go through our trials that show our real character.

Patience is called for once again. If it could only move a bit quicker and on my schedule. Still working on it, obviously.

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  1. Be kind towards your ankle. Let your body be your guide not your thinking! I know I used to test and push to the edge … And it makes the healing longer and harder.
    Hope it feels strong … Like you… Soon!

    August 30, 2014
    • Excellent advice – our thinking often gets in the way. Thank you.

      August 30, 2014
  2. Get well fast sweetie! I know what you mean about being crabby with setbacks! I always love your posts! Hugz and have a safe Labor Day weekend! Lisa and Bear

    August 30, 2014
  3. It’s frustrating to have any injury. I can say that since I seem to be lurching from one to the next. I’ve noticed that it’s better for me to keep active and not let injuries stop me. However , I’ve also learned that I need to take care of myself. For example, since my last foot injury makes it tough for me to run, I’ve stepped up my swimming. Yay! Cross-training is better than just being cross. 🙂

    August 30, 2014
    • Thanks for the encouragement – I’m moving but not as far or fast.

      August 30, 2014
  4. And don’t we honor those fabricated schedules. I find myself being sucked into the’validity’ of my schedule often. It wasn’t real anyway……just a thought and a story.

    August 31, 2014

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