Take Your First Intentional Step

Did you make resolutions this year? Or, after reading that so many resolutions go unfulfilled, did you not make any resolutions? Perhaps, there’s a different way to think about it. A way to take an intentional step toward a goal or desire. Perhaps, instead of resolutions you set Intentions. Thanks to Orna Ross for that term. (See Orna’s explanation of Creative Intentions.) Her Creative Intentions are directed toward people striving toward creative endeavors but I believe anyone can use intentions instead of resolutions. Intentions are positive and nonjudgmental. If you say it is my intention to lose twenty pounds. The goal is there but you’re also recognizing that it’s a process. There will be times of forward progress, slow progress, and perhaps no progress and backward progress. But if it’s your intention to do something and you have no progress, you have not failed. It’s still your intention. Perhaps you need to re-think the steps it takes to get there. Setting your goals high doesn’t mean aim for the impossible. It means stretch yourself. And keep stretching yourself and you will reach farther than you thought you could reach. Life, especially creative life, is not a race. As Confucius says, […]

8 Inspirational Quotes About Patience

We aren’t born patient. In fact, patience doesn’t come easily to most of us. Is that a fluke, a flaw in God’s plan? Or is it part of the design?  Perhaps, that’s the point. What if it’s not perfect patience one must acquire? Practicing patience might be all we need to do. Maybe, like me, you need some inspirational quotes about patience to remind you why the practice is worth it. (Saw the video? Skip to here.) Unable to view the video? Here are the quotations: Patience is the calm acceptance that things can happen in a different order than the one you have in mind. ~David G. Allen Patience is not passive, on the contrary, it is concentrated strength.~Bruce Lee Have patience. All things become difficult before they become easy.~Saadi It’s not that I’m so smart, it’s just that I stay with the problems longer.~Albert Einstein All great achievements require time.~Maya Angelou Patience, persistence and perspiration make an unbeatable combination for success.~Napoleon Hill Maybe that’s why life is so precious. No rewind or fast forward…just patience and faith.~Christina Marrero Every dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to […]

My Frustration vs. My Patience, Which Will Win?

Are you stressed out? Does your stress levels have anything to do with the lack of patience? I confess, my stress levels are in large part due to my impatience. I’m tired of bad manners and bad behavior. I’m tired of people doing horrible things to one another—again. 2018 has been a year of frustration rolled up into one humongous rubber ball of stress. It’s been my frustration vs. my patience, which will win?  Patience you must have, my young padawan. Yoda (Star Wars) Never put passion before principle, even if you win, you’ll lose. Mr. Miyagi (Karate Kid) What is patience? According to Merriam Webster’s Dictionary it’s the capacity to bear opposition, difficulty or adversity calmly and without complaint. Experts differ in what to call patience. It’s a tool, a skill, an attitude, a genetic inclination, and a nurtured ability. It may not be easy to define or label but we all know when we have it…and when we don’t. The problem with Yoda and Mr. Miyagi’s advice, the problem with patience, is that frustration is a fact of life. It will happen, on a daily basis. Something isn’t happening fast enough, or the “right” way or the change that’s needed […]