On several occasions I’ve had people comment about how patient I am with people. I guess I am pretty patient when it comes to people who might not be easy to deal with. I just like giving people the benefit of the doubt. Unfortunately, I’m still not a very patient person. Maybe I’m patient where it counts most, but I wouldn’t consider myself as a patient person.
For instance, when I’m excited about something coming up, my patience fails. Same goes for when something scary is coming up. I get anxious to the point of turning into a total worry wart over it. The unknown scares me so when I know uncharted territory lies ahead, I get impatient and the worries set in.
Lately, I feel like my patience has really been being tested in several very different ways. I think God might be trying to teach me several lessons lately. So much has been going on that when I finally settle in to type a blog, it turns into a rambling novel. I’m seeing now that all of it combined makes for a much better story as a whole and with a reminder of many of life’s lessons. So here’s a brief summary of everything that has gone down lately.
A couple weeks ago I noticed one of my dogs was acting weird. By weird, I mean completely unlike herself. Usually she’s full of energy and seeking attention from anything that moves, but this day she was just laying down, not wanting to eat or do anything and she couldn’t seem to get comfortable. After spending a Saturday at the Emergency Vet and spending $700.00 (Ouch. There went my savings for getting the dog’s teeth cleaned.), we found out she had pancreatitis. Pretty scary. Thankfully she’s fine now. We managed to get her well opting for outpatient treatment and now I’m watching her diet more closely. Lesson learned here: Treasure what you have and be thankful for it, because nothing is promised forever.
The same weekend, I had the opportunity to help out a friend by finding a home for her dog. The home I found was with my Dad who was interested in possibly getting this particular breed of dog in the future. Long story short, it didn’t end up working out how everyone thought it would and it really upset me. The dog is the sweetest thing in the world and just needs love but I feel like my Dad gave up on it too quickly and the patient person in me just couldn’t come to terms with it. The dog is still in my Dad’s care but I’m unsure if that will remain the case. I hope so though, because he really is adorable and a really sweet dog! Lesson learned here: Even when everyone is impatient, remain patient. Sometimes people will surprise you.
Finally when things seemed to be looking up, I ended up throwing out my back by practically doing NOTHING. I literally bent down slightly to put a book on my shelf and my lower back lit up like a Christmas tree. It’s been a long week. I had so much trouble getting out of bed on Monday morning I was literally on the floor and I couldn’t move. Never felt that much pain in all of my life. Seriously thought I was going to have to go to the hospital it hurt so bad. I couldn’t even walk without being in excruciating pain. It’s much better now even though it still hurts to do certain things. I can’t wait to get back to normal. Lesson learned here: Never take your health for granted and count your blessings because there are people who aren’t as blessed as you.
I think the overall lesson learned lately has been to take nothing for granted. There might come a day (and there probably WILL come a day) when you lose things you have taken for granted. It’s funny how as soon as something goes wrong you think about how you took it for granted. I tell you what, I will never again take for granted a pain-free back and a healthy dog! Remember to be thankful for all the little things in life, because out there somewhere are people who don’t have them!
While on the subject of impatience. I’m also impatiently waiting for: Pottermore and The Sims Social.
What about you? What do you most take for granted and where does your patience fail?