It’s not a very proactive or go-getter word, is it? To me, patience speaks of calm, of waiting, of things moving ever-so-slowly, of steadfastness. It’s not a very attractive idea in a culture of “hustling it out,” but I realize it’s the word I desperately need in this season of my life.
Patience has become my theme.
I love consuming podcasts and blog posts about successful creatives that I admire. Listing to people who are living out their creative dreams is super inspiring to me, because it means my dreams are possible, too. But constantly hearing stories about folks who are further down the road in their careers makes me hyper-aware of how far I have to go in my creative journey (and let’s be honest, it breeds a bit of discontent, too).
In episode #70 of the Creative Pep Talk podcast, Andy J. Miller describes the creative path as seasons of Planting, Growing and Harvesting (it’s an awesome show- you should totally take a listen!). He describes each season’s characteristics and explains that often creative frustration comes from wanting to be in a different season rather than enjoying the one we’re in the midst of.
Listening to this episode was so encouraging for me. It gave me the “permission” to relax and really accept that every success story begins with years of quiet, steadfast planting and growing.
For me, patience means being ok with the planting season of life that I’m in. And not just coming to terms with it, but truly enjoying the process, the excitement, and each small, daily step toward growing a new idea.