This bracelet came in the mail today. I went to a workshop recently and had the opportunity to make it. I was asked to come up with my word. It took only a few minutes to think about it, but the word WAIT quickly came into my head. I thought it odd at first. What was I waiting for?…
I’ve spent my life searching for ways to practice patience. I’ve failed often. I used to put rubber bands on my wrist at work, and each time I found myself feeling impatient, I would pop my wrist with the rubber band.
I’ve found myself reminding my daughter and husband almost daily of practicing their patience, in hopes that it would resonate with me in my own practicing.
I’ve jotted daily reminders to myself about not having a tone, or just remembering to smile and to be patient with others.
While all of these efforts were certainly helpful and some continue to be even today, I’ve come to learn that often if we make a tiny shift in our perspective, our situation can turn out differently than the direction it’s headed. What if the patience I have been seeking seemed unattainable to me because I was looking at my desired outcome the wrong way? What if all I needed to do was find a way to shift my perspective so that I could become a more patient person?
So I wait…
I wait to hurry.
I wait to judge.
I wait to raise my voice.
I wait to react.
I wait to compare.
I wait to argue.
I wait to criticize.
I wait to assume.
I wait to give up.
I wait to label.
I wait to run.
I wait for grace.
And in these moments of waiting, I’ve found God taking over as my focal point.
I’ve discovered that things will manifest themselves so much differently if I simply wait it out before having a knee-jerk reaction, an unnecessary tone, a preconceived notion, a painful worry, a repetitive fear, or a consuming doubt. God knows today and he knows tomorrow. He is guiding my path with grace and an open heart and I am so thankful for the salvation I find in His glory.
I am becoming a more patient person by waiting.
Waiting allows me to live on purpose.
Living on purpose allows me to serve God’s plan for my life.
So I will wear this bracelet as often as I can and when I look down at it, I will remember to WAIT. I am grateful for the simplicity of what this bracelet offers.
When in doubt in your own life, I encourage you to turn inward. Find your word. Set your own intention. Living on purpose changes the game.