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Patience and good enough

Monday, June 14, 2010

I thought I had patience. I am the mother of 6 children. I have taught children's church classes and scouting skills. I have helped kindergartners to learn letters and other things both in my home and in the classroom. I have teenage children and I have been married for nearly 24 years. I think all of these things require patience. I can even make homemade bread with 2 rise times. I thought I was a patient person.

Before my son left he started an avocado growing in the kitchen windowsill. We did not have toothpicks so he set it on a small tin pie pan that he had cut the center out of. He did this so that his younger siblings could see it grow. It has sat there for over 2 months. I considered throwing it out last week because I could see not growth. I thought maybe the tooth picks were needed and we had not used them so maybe it was just not done right so it would not grow.

I had noticed this lack of growth when I was busy and I did not take the time to get rid of it. Then Sunday one of my kids noticed growth and called my attention to it.

I was thinking this morning about how I am making slow progress. I have a few behavior changes that I have made. The resulting change is slow and not very noticeable on the outside. I have noticed better blood sugar control and the scale has started to inch backwards.

I have been filtering the positive stuff out and paying attention to the negative stuff. Then I add negative stuff in my head. Not the way to get success really.

So I have been trying to pay attention to the good things people have been telling me and that I have been experiencing. I am just going to be patient and let the growth happen.
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    What a great blog my dear friend. I am so happy for you that you are trying to be more patient with yourself. I am trying to learn to be more patient with myself as well. It was a good thing I read this today. I needed it.
    4026 days ago
    WOW, great blog!!!! :D Thank you for this, and also for the AWESOME comment on my blog. Thank you thank you thank you!
    4026 days ago
  • TEDYBEAR2838
    Now ya got the spirit. Good things sometimes take a long time to grow, but they are worth it in the long run.

    4027 days ago
    It's good to see you focus on the positive and ignore the negatives. This is a constant struggle for me and I suppose for most people. I think you've won half the battle since you are aware of the negatives and know they need to be replaced with positives.
    4027 days ago
    I'm glad you are seeing more positive things in yourself. I find that when I beat myself up all the time I have a harder time succeeding. That is why I refuse to do it any more.
    4027 days ago
    Excellent blog. I am not the best for noticing changes in myself. That's why it is good to have several indicators to look at. Blood sugars are a very good one. That and the A1C blood tests. I KNOW with diabetes, my age and my many pregnancies it is harder to lose. The other side of the coin would be "what if I were not doing this at all?" I know I was gaining every year before SP. That's worth a lot to NOT gain! So you are right, we need to be much more supportive of ourselves, our efforts and the successes.
    4028 days ago
    AWESOME blog!!! Yes, patience when it comes to our own progress can be the hardest to acheive. Love the analogy and love the outlook. Something I needed to hear today!
    4028 days ago
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