Patience is a virtue

“Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience.”  Ralph Waldo Emerson

Growing up I had an English teacher that reminded us that “patience is a virtue” on a daily basis. It used to drive us crazy as teenagers. Now that I am an adult, I have come to realize that this wise woman knew exactly what she was talking about. Everything comes in due time. This world that we live in is such a hurried place that we really need to slow down and be more patient.

I have been working diligently in my garden all week and really began to appreciate this as I prepare for the summer season. I am getting the porch ready and cleaning out all of the flower beds. Setting out the hummingbird feeders and new this year, an oriole feeder. I have tried different ones in the past to no avail. I saw this one at the store and decided to give it a try. You fill it with jelly instead of a liquid sugar-water. Well, lo and behold, I have a new resident in town, and he is the most beautiful bird I think I have ever seen! He announces his presence every time he comes to feed too!

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I have also had several beautiful swallowtail butterflies visiting my phlox. They are here much earlier than I expected, so I had to grab my camera really quickly to capture them. They really caught me by surprise. If you know me, butterflies and hummingbirds are two of my very favorite things. I could watch them all day. Although, I think I can add the Baltimore Oriole to that list now too!

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I challenge you to take the time to enjoy the sights and sounds of nature while you are outside working. Try not to be in such a hurry to always get things done that you miss the beauty that surrounds you. Breathe in the fresh air and take a few minutes to just “be”. Who knows….you might find yourself relaxing and relieving stress just by being outside.

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