A Time for Patience

Patience for Days Like These

Nature teaches me so many things. I have a childlike adoration for watching plants grow. My husband pulls me away from this computer and takes me on beautiful hikes. We identify wildflowers and trees. We listen to birds. All away from the troubled world. These days stretch out and blend together. These days demand patience.

Can you imagine when this tree was young and tender? Do you think it realized what it would have to do to get past this huge, heavy stone? No. It just grew one day at a time-patiently reaching for the sunlight.

We are living through a time when we must be patient. We must endure the boredom, the isolation and 24/7 bad news. This takes patience.

It is my hope that we develop more patience during these days. When you are having a tough time seeing the end of our forced quarantine hold the image of this tree pushing aside the stone. You can do this!

If you would like to schedule a “Discovery” Life Coaching session Email me at gail@gailshowalter.com


I raised three children as a single mother before I remarried. I have experience the potholes, pests, and perils of being the single head-of-household. As an educator in regular and special education for twenty years I know a great deal about child development and how to handle kids. I am the founder of SMORE for Women, a nonprofit whose goal is Single Moms, Overjoyed, Rejuvenated, and Empowered. I’m also a Certified Professional Coach and my stories have been published in several books and magazines. My book, Living Learning Loving is available on Amazon.

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