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{The sweetest unexpected bouquet from the hubby}

Over these past few weeks, I've learned a few things about myself from the challenges of trying to adjust to a new environment (a.k.a: a new state). With everything I've faced, it all boils down to one major quality that I find necessary to deal with any difficulties - patience. And let me tell you, it seems like the older you get, the less patience you have, which I feel should be the opposite. As you mature, shouldn't you be getting better at virtuous qualities, including patience? We've always been told that patience is a virtue, and it is. Do you know why? Because without it, frustrations ensue which slows down the progress of character development. According to Webster’s Third New International Dictionary, frustration is "a deep chronic sense or condition of insecurity, discouragement, and dissatisfaction arising from thwarted desires, inner conflicts, or other unresolved problems." Isn't it true we experience such feelings when we try very hard to accomplish something but do not succeed? The worst feeling of all is when we feel blocked at every turn, as if we were beating our head against a stone wall, with no chance of success. All of us know the feeling, no? Have you ever thought all those emotions would stem from one simple thing such as having a lack of patience? Sometimes we become so frustrated due to impatience that we become enveloped in despair, unable to even know where to start. Unfortunately, in severe cases some have abandoned the struggle, dropping out of society altogether just to live on its fringes. To get what they feel entitled to, some have resorted to crime and violence. Unrelenting pressures have caused some to thrust aside patience leading to the point of shattering marriages and family ties. How sad!

What all of that has made me realize is how imperative it is to put forth great effort in developing this quality in order to avoid getting to that point of desperation. We destroy ourselves and those we love when we become impatient. Focus on the benefits of patience, increase appreciation for it. Remember how far you've come, not just how far you have or want to go. Sometimes, we're not where we want to be, but neither are we where we used to be. So the key is to keep on moving forward by taking one day at a time. Happy Friday!

{A gift from a talented son of a friend - French bistro table set designed from champagne caps}

{These colorful kicks make my weekly dance routines much more exciting}

{Longing to be there this fall}

{Loving these new vintage champagne glasses}

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