I’ve been putting off writing this blog for too long.  Or is it that I have been patient?  Sometimes there is a fine line between the two.

The idea of this topic first arose several weeks ago.  Then a great suggestion for A Challenger Practice came along, followed by the July 4th US holiday’s Declaration of Interdependence and, then, last week the space shuttle launch brought to mind Creating the Impossible.  So now the time has come – it’s ripe.

The tension between patience and procrastination is one that we face as a Creator

Lord knows I can put things off.  I can think of several projects around the house that await my moving beyond procrastination.  One of these days…

On the other hand, the practice of patience is a discipline that can be central to the process of creating.  Right timing can make a huge difference between taking a baby step that forwards progress and acting too quickly in ways that result in moving away from an intended outcome. 

Think of a gardener tending their rosebushes.  To procrastinate watering or pruning may mean that the rose never buds, let alone blooms.  On the other hand, to be impatient when the bud appears and to pry the bud open to hasten its blossom will only kill it before its time.

The best gardeners are both proactive and patient – and savor the results of their tending and waiting.  And we are all gardeners in our own ways.

The definition of patience is, in itself, a great reminder.  Patience is “the capacity for waiting: the ability to endure waiting, delay or provocation without becoming annoyed or upset, or to persevere calmly when faces with difficulties.” 

When it comes to patience, all I can do is practice, practice, practice.  But it is a discipline around which I choose not to procrastinate.