I watched this movie, The Terminal, again a few days ago, and it led me to think. The sheer will and determination of Victor is admirable, as he is stuck in a New York airport due to a civil war in his country. He does the right thing by remaining in the airport confines, even though stubborn officials endeavor to make him leave and break the rules. Victor makes the most of his situation while continuing to be a good person. (That’s a great quality!) I admire his way of patiently waiting, and his long suffering is amazing. I hope I can be as inventive and possess the willingness to wait for things to change for the better. (It’s going to be a long wait!) Good flick, highly recommend!
I have seriously learned patience during the long, slow recuperation from this stroke (except with wheelchair, I like to go fast. Get out of my way!) Everything takes time and it is not a speedy thing. There have been times I’ve had to wait and wait on my help and myself. (Try eating with your non-dominant hand!) My recovery is going to take time. Patience seems like a trait only the saints have. But patience can be acquired by anyone. It only takes understanding. You must understand the other person and what they are experiencing. Patience is not thinking of yourself. How you act and what you do while you’re waiting defines you. Do you huff and puff and growl under your breath while you wait? Or do you just do something else to kill time (multi-task) and show some simple understanding? (That’s what smart phones are for!) I know there may be times that your schedule is crunched, and your patience is pushed to the limit. This is the time you need to re-evaluate your habits, or perhaps wake up earlier. There are emergencies that are unforeseeable (last-minute projects or reset alarm clocks,) but usually those times that increase your blood pressure can be avoided with a little planning and preparation. Patience can additionally be shown to those in need through love with long suffering. Lending a helping hand is not usually a quick notion. Those who give me love and service are so incredibly patient. I appreciate it so much!
I gotta say having a stroke makes me the foremost authority on the subject. In the past, I had the control freak, get-ur-done personality. I made things happen. (With six kids and a farmer husband you kind of had to.) The time I spent “locked in” (not being able to move or speak, but you are totally aware,) waiting for help (many times a day,) having the trach (that experience is the epitome of patience,) and no voice (try getting your point across, 24/7 Charades) have all taught me that patience must be had to survive. I could be impatient and drive myself crazy, or just find a way to deal with the situation. I know now that patience just takes understanding and a little bit of maturity. You will get what you want eventually. (Patience is a virtue that you get over time!) God’s timetable is way different than yours. We might pray and pray for something, and the answer might be no. But someday our prayers will be answered, maybe not exactly how we want it – but they will be for our best. If there is something you want (like yesterday!) take it from me, the way you act while waiting shows what kind of person you are. A true blessing is having patience. Patience is achieved through time and love. We can do it!