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Garibay Soup: Just a Motivating Monday - Patience is a Virtue

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Just a Motivating Monday - Patience is a Virtue

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Last Just a Motivating Monday I talked about Forgiveness and talked of how for the next few weeks I will be basing my Just a Motivating Monday post on virtues.

Patience is a Virtue

Something that we've heard over and over and over again in our lives. As a child I never got it. I never quite understood why being patient is a virtue... actually, I think back then I never quite understood VIRTUE.

The best way for me to talk about patience as a virtue is through my eyes as a mother.  Recapping on virtue, we know that things of virtue are things of righteousness, moral excellence.  My goal in life is to be virtuous.  It's something that definitely takes a lot of focus and striving for.  I am willing to work at this, even if it takes my entire life.  To be known as someone of virtue is an honor.

Patience.  Hardest virtue I think there is out there.  Especially as a mother!  It's extremely important that we don't lose it on our children.  Trust me... there are MANY, MANY, MANY times a day I would like to just fly off the handle, because it's easier.  Instead I have to remind myself over and over and over again that this too shall pass.  If I hold on to that one virtue that is extremely hard to achieve and just be patient, it will pass.

Motivation...I need motivation to be patient.  I think the best motivation for me is my children's memories... I don't want their memories to be of their mom frustrated, impatient, not being there for them.  I want them to know that no matter what... I'm here.  I want to be the model mom.  I know I never will be, but I sure can strive to be.  Being a model mother requires a lot of virtue, and the hardest, yet most important one is patience.  Teach them how to be patient by being patient.  Teach them to be virtuous by being virtuous.

This week I'm going to work extremely hard on being patience.  Patience with my children, my husband, my work, me... I'm just downright going to be as patient as I possibly can.  Let me tell you, this is EXTREMELY hard on me.  I struggle with this virtue more than any of them.  So tomorrow I will wake up with a personal goal for the entire week.  The beauty of it is the more we practice being patient the easier it becomes.  Let's give our children memories of a patient mom, a mom that was easy to approach, a mom that took the time to listen to their needs, a mom that took the time ensure that they felt important.

If you have anything else to add on this virtue, please leave it as a comment.  I'd LOVE to read other's thoughts on this virtue... especially since it's the one virtue I struggle with.


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Blogger Carissa(GoodnCrazy) said...

sheesh could we write a whole book about this. MOM does NOT = patience.

I keep thinking about the adage don't cry over spilt milk?
Yeah right... I rant and rave over spilt milk.. and then I STILL have to clean it up... so what did my rant accomplish? I'm with you let's find the mommy patience button and keep clicking it!

November 30, 2009 at 9:11 AM  

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