September 28 ~  A Gold Panning Prospector Power of Patience

"Like an old gold-panning prospector, you must resign yourself to digging up a lot of sand from which you will later patiently wash out a few minute particles of gold ore." ~ Dorothy Bryant

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Life is not all golden perfection. Ironically, it takes a lot of patience to realize that patience is a virtue. Usually we want what we want right now.

But as an ancient Chinese Proverb explained, "Patience is power; with time and patience the mulberry leaf becomes silk."

The key to being patient is to just settle down and try to maintain a positive outlook. Show compassion and it will rub off on others. With wisdom, we can figure out that any crisis is temporary.

"All things pass. Patience attains all it strives for," said St. Teresa of Avilla, a catalyst for change in the Catholic Church. With patience, she worked tirelessly to reform her Carmelite order.

The great Michelangelo once observed, "Genius is eternal patience." He was a remarkably patient artist who painted the magnificent fresco on the ceiling of the Vatican's Sistine Chapel by lying on his back for four years, just a few inches from the ceiling.

"Patience is the lesson all souls must learn," said the "Sleeping Prophet" psychic Edgar Cayce. "Not merely passiveness, but active patience. Patience allows us to learn from one experience and move on to another."

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