Tuesday, January 22, 2013

~Perseverance & Patience~

If I were to ask you what side of the quarter was the quarter itself, which side would you answer? The animal or the face...

Silly question.

Of course we all know that either side is equally a part of the quarter. And that both sides are just as important.

Somehow when we look at other issues in life we forget that so many of them are interconnected...

I feel like perseverance & patience may be interwoven a bit like that quarter. How so?

*Definition of perseverance-->

1.Steadfastness in doing something despite difficulty or delay in achieving success.
2.Continuance in a state of grace leading finally to a state of glory.

*Definition of patience-->
The capacity to accept or tolerate delay, trouble, or suffering without getting angry or upset.
(courtesy of Google)

Not the same. But different. Yet, very much alike!

...especially when it comes to our children.

As parents, especially as mothers in the home, how many times do we ask ourselves to persevere with our children in various tasks???

Here are some 'duties' of child-rearing that I'm sure most parents can relate to:

*learning to walk

*toilet training

*tying that first set of shoes

...or maybe Mom & Dad take the easy way...!!

*Learning to read

  Ask any parent & I'm sure you could hear a number of 'interesting' stories where it took some perseverance with your child.   What about patience?       ...I find as a parent, especially a homeschooling one, it can be easy tosee any given task eventaully completed with a child...that's called perseverance. A bit of determination.   However to do that same task with limitless patience the entire journey is a LOT more difficult altogether!     Perhaps you start by setting a simple goal: that we are going to learn 'x' with 'y' child.   Let's say for demonstration purposes you're going to potty train your youngest child.   You buy the books...talk to well-meaning friends...maybe even google it?...and ultimately you can see that Junior is ready for this. I mean he's showing ALL the signs...   So you're off! You get the potty out and begin.   ...day 3 and somehow it hasn't worked out with Junior quite the way it did with your eldest...maybe not even like the doctors in the book said it would.     Somehow your 'sugary sweet' voice gains a hoarse edge in the process...or maybe you're just not smiling quite as much when you pull out that potty chart!   You get the drift.   It could be a myriad of things. Of tasks. Of goals. Of duties we need to complete with our children.   The perseverance is there. You are ready to see this thing through to the end!    ...but could it be a good reminder (really this blog could just be for me today...) that patience is really the necessary 'flip side of the coin'?   Perhaps patience is an equally important complement to the virtue of perseverance...a trait that I/you must continue to grow in to be effective parents.   Without it the task may simply become a distant memory that your child would sooner forget :)


  1. I think you've really got a great point here, Rach. It is easy to pull through the various situations that we inevitably know will come as our kids grow and develop, but being there for them, cheering them on even when we sometimes want to hire a nanny instead and developing patience is so important. It's important not only for us parents to mature and develop, but especially since we're our kids #1 role models. How will they ever learn patience if we don't practice it ourselves? Thank you so much for taking the time to link up with the Mommy-Brain Mixer this week.

    1. You're welcome! Glad I found your site today & thanks so much for visiting :)

  2. I love how you started by comparing it with a quarter. I have to say I said the side with the number on was the answer. I laughed when I got to the shoes because I cheated and got velcro.

    Thanks for sharing on Motivational Monday.

    1. Haha!! My parents did that to me when I was little so I just had to share that one :)
      Thanks so much for stopping by!

  3. Oh Rach, love the analogy, amazing post, thank you so much for linking it to my blog. I really needed this tonight, really. Thank you for sharing. Have a blessed day. Tara.

    1. Glad it spoke to you Tara!
      Saw your new link-up and obviously hopped right on :)



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