As I have mentioned, Nick often will communicate thoughts and ideas through songs and their lyrics. Today, during his morning bathing and dressing routine, it was Alan Jackson’s song, Just be Patient, I’m a Work in Progress. It made both Arden and I laugh.
The idea is intriguing. The lyrics are specifically about a couple, but I think that the chorus is universal. We can easily lose patience with those we love and it is good to remember that we all are a work in progress.
“You get tired and disgusted with me
But I can’t be just what you want me to be
I still love you and I try real hard
I swear one day you’ll have a brand new car
I even asked God to try to help me
He looked down from Heaven and said to tell you please
Just be patient, I’m a work in progress”
Some days my life is joyful, and at the end of the day my prayer is easily one of gratitude and peace. Other days, it seems like I am barely able to hold it together and I have to work at saying a gratitude prayer. I know that this is a universal experience. It is just how life is.
Please don’t judge me and I am not proud of this fact, but some days I do run out of patience. After all these years, my threshold for ‘losing it’ is higher, but sometimes it is still reached and I have a melt down. Typically it happens when I am tired, or getting sick or when Nick is tired or getting sick. Afterwards, we both say we are sorry, hug and move on.
I saw a meme today quoting Lynda Meyers that said, “I could walk a mile in your shoes, but I already know they’re just as uncomfortable as mine. Lets walk next to each other instead.” I don’t believe that we can truly walk a mile in someone else’s shoes. We can’t exactly experience their life, even for a short while. We can walk together, supporting one another, and loving one another through these hard times.
My suggestion for today is to remember to be patient, we are all a work in progress.
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