"The sea does not reward those who are too anxious, too greedy, or too impatient. To dig for treasures shows not only impatience and greed, but lack of faith. Patience, patience, patience, is what the sea teaches. Patience and faith. One should lie empty, open, choiceless as a beach--waiting for a gift from he sea." - Anne Morrow Lindbergh
That quote is from Anne Morrow Lindbergh's book Gift from the Sea. I was recommended this book by a fellow that came into the shop when I was doing my internship. And he was right to do so. It's full of little lessons that I can take and apply to my life. It's especially helpful to be right now when I feel like I'm freaking out over everything.
Patience is something that I'm always working on, and I assume everyone works on for a long time. I feel that I have been getting better at being patient in some things more than others. For instance, my boyfriend goes away for months at a time to go sailing. It takes a lot of patience for me to sit back and wait for him to come home. Some days are better than others, but I usually try to occupy myself with projects or tasks to make the time go by quicker. On the other hand, I'm very impatient when it comes to this job hunt thing, as you all well know by now.
This quote struck home yesterday when I read it because I am on a journey to get to the sea, but I'm clearly digging. I don't have faith that my transition is going to happen smoothly. But I need to just relax and let things be and go with the tide. I explained something to my friend Den yesterday as being a push and pull, like waves. And that's similar to what I'm feeling now. I need to do a little bit at a time, slowly washing away the sand from my shell, not just come crashing down on it all and risk breaking my shell.
Step by step, everything will fall into place if only I have some patience and faith.