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...
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
*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 :)
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