WORDS LIKE LIGHT
Friday, March 11, 2022
Sometimes, it seems almost fanciful to believe that a power like patience can truly overcome any difficult circumstance and level out the roughest of roads – and that’s when I need some proof. Sometimes, I just sit quietly and try to ‘see’ patience and its powers, and soon it seems clear to me, once again, that it is not a physical, material entity – not a ‘thing’ I can measure and weigh. I can’t ‘study’ patience the way I might study a car engine, seeing how all its parts fit and work together. No, I soon realize that patience is as immeasurable as the wind, as boundless as the sky, and thus is able to easily show hospitality to, and work with, any situation that arises in life. It’s like a shoreless, bottomless ocean that heartily welcomes even enormous stones thrown into it. And it is always present for me – always waiting and willing to show me how to be an easygoing host to whatever arises, be it triumphs or fears, sorrows or wonders.
IN PATIENCE, S.C. In Patience, South Carolina, people show tolerance even for raving storms. Sometimes their self-restraint when facing problems seems similar to trees kindly caring for high winds by waving to them. People in this uncomplaining town are almost imperturbable, particularly when trouble blows through. Somehow, they effortlessly find a way to welcome the trouble as an affable consultant able to advise on a new trail to take. You can't believe the calmness that almost constantly comes over people in Patience, as if calmness is a gift that keeps on giving in this town, as if serenity always streams through them like light breezes in trees. Doggedness doesn't come any tougher than in Patience, where even death is endured with indefatigable kindness. If you visit Patience, perseverance and composure will walk around town with you.