Good Things Come to Those Who Wait
Updated: May 29
Don’t you just love and hate clichés? So much in life attests to their truthfulness. I guess that’s why I can’t stop using them (and may not want to either 😜.)
Good things comes to those who wait...this cliché highlights my weakest point, patience.
When I think of patience and goodness I think of...
A gardener planting seeds, flowers or vegetables, with anticipation of delight…
An artist applying various shades of colors and lines to a white canvas, unsure of the final product…
A writer groaning over a blank page, then blindly diving in, painstakingly choosing each word to evoke emotions…
A mother lovingly rocking her baby to sleep in the hopes of having an hour of solitude…
A friend who sews, knits or crochets collecting tiny stitches or loops along the way towards a final product…
This is a small sampling of what I think of when I hear; good things come to those who wait.
It’s that silent, hopeful work we do that fills each day with moments of highs and lows. We aren’t just waiting around for good things to come (although rest is crucial too). We are actively working towards those good things to come and if patient enough, there is a reward at the end.
A gardener will harvest flowers and vegetables.
A picture will emerge on the artist's canvas or sketchbook.
A writer will fill pages with rambling words towards an inner revealing.
A baby will fall asleep, hopefully for more than an hour.
A unique blanket or scarf will be finished, gifted and displayed.
Yes, good things come to those who work, often silently and alone, at their hopes and dreams.
The bible also acknowledges that those who sow with tears, reap with joy (Psalms 126:5).
The key perhaps is learning how to enjoy the wait. How to enjoy the process as much as the reward, because even though good things do come eventually, some of us have to wait a long, long time for it.
I have yet to master this key to trusting the process, enjoying the journey, and believing that the toil and tears are a necessary part of the whole journey.
Waiting is a strength we cultivate as we work, and joy (as it ebbs and flows) is what carries us through, if we let it.
What are you working hard at?
What good things are you waiting for?
What brings you joy?
The Train of Truth Blog
I took a long break from blogging. It feels much like a garden that I’ve neglected but fretted over the whole time. As if I was watching from my window, hoping that the garden nurtures itself (and it kind of does in a way).
I’m not a gardener, but I know if you let the soil rest, good things can happen even though weeds creep in and overtake it. There are marvelous, never-resting, living organisms under the soil that work day and night to sustain our lives. (Don't we living organisms above soil need and sustain each other too?)
But some bad things can happen too. Like blight or pesky bugs. Or the telephone rings as you lay the baby down. You run out of yarn. You're stumped and wondering if writer's block is real or imagined.
The pandemic was OUR really bad STORM and yet at the beginning it motivated me to start a blog. 3 years later, I'm trying to figure out why I stopped and how to pick it up again.
As COVID ebbed and flowed, morphed from death and total anxiety into "oh well, guess we have to live with it now" to "oh no I'm sick with it too" my energy, desires and joy ebbed and flowed right along with it.
It’s difficult to pursue and enjoy any creative process when your anxious, stressed or grieving. Heck, it's difficult to do ANYTHING when you're struggling to just get through the day.
I’m sure you can totally relate.
The Recovery Process
The pandemic might finally feel like it’s over, even though the nervous system (at least mine) is anticipating the next big thing.
How did the pandemic affect you?
How did your nervous system and emotions weather the storm?
Did you suffer alone and in silence? Or did you get help?
If you think you easily bounced back from the pandemic unscathed, think again! You might be in denial and not paying attention to the world around you.
Stop a minute and reflect on what has changed, what has stayed the same, what you like better and what might be worse.
The world as we know it isn’t the same and will never be.
I don’t say these things to beat you up or make you feel worse…it’s simply to help you come face to face with your inner truth.
We all need to heal mentally, physically, emotionally, and spiritually from a damaging 3 year destructive, global storm.
So while my blog sat quietly growing virtual weeds, I was busy digging deeper into my own internal and external self to promote healing.
What did I do to help myself? How did I survive?
Basically, the same things I always love to do! Dig for truth, learn everything I can, and explore for inspiration. I'm learning how to keep growing as a person and I'm trying things I've never tried before.
Here’s a lengthier list of things I did to stay sane…
I prayed and asked God deep, soul searching questions.
I journaled (filling notebooks with ramblings & nonsense).
I read my bible.
I read lots of books (self-help, novels, books on writing).
I spent time in nature.
I spent time with friends.
I learned how to bake homemade sourdough bread. YUM!
I spoke with a therapist (an incredibly valuable investment in myself).
I improved my self-talk and self-compassion.
I found new tools to better understand, manage & process my emotions.
I took 5 months of a self-defense course.
I made a commitment to connect to my creator, to myself, & my family.
I took an Authentic Writer’s workshop in Woodstock.
I learned & am practicing how to love myself.
All that, plus the daily grind of cooking, cleaning, laundry, volunteering, homeschooling, sleeping, eating, researching, paying bills...
Whew! That’s a life-full! And to think I spend most of my time FEELING unproductive and useless. 🤷♂️
The one thing I didn’t do...was BLOG. I wanted to blog. I wrote ideas for blog posts over several notebooks and in notes on my iphone.
I watched webinars on email marketing. I subscribed to newsletters about blogging and marketing. I switched from Mailchimp to Converkit.
But I did NOT publish a blog post. I did NOT update a single page on my website. I did everything and anything but work on my website.
Hamster on a wheel cliché anyone?
Looking towards the future
Dreaming, making plans and setting goals are essential to personal growth. A gardener, a writer, a knitter, a painter, all have to start somewhere, and that somewhere is usually a plan of some sorts.
Eisenhower said, "Plans are useless, but planning is indispensable."
I love that quote. It's a great reminder that plans can, and sometimes should, change. But plan we must!
Nobody knows what will happen today, tomorrow or the next day. All we can do is make the best of the moment we are in.
My dream is to be a writer.
My plan is to write a little each day. Daily in my morning pages journal, sometimes on my work-in-progress novel and monthly on my blog.
In the future, I hope to create a monthly newsletter covering a variety of useful topics for vibrant health, energy, emotional, spiritual, and personal growth. I want to share tips, articles, suggestions, supplements, treatments, links, books…whatever I find that would be beneficial for you and I.
I might even venture out into the YouTube world. First, I need to get comfortable with myself on camera 🙀 then I need to make time to learn how to edit videos. I also need to design a cute, little space in my house somewhere to create videos.
What about you?
What are your plans, hopes, dreams?
What are your struggles?
How are you learning? Growing?
Are you digging for your truth? Your values?
What brings you peace and harmony?
I’d love to know! So please share!
I'm back! To blogging and more!
To dreaming, hoping, planning, doing and to be continually GROWING.
I want to help others do the same. Are you in? I hope so.
Thank you for reading all the way through and thank you for supporting each other. Keep up the good work.
I appreciate you!
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