Patience is a word we’ve consistently been trying to teach Anna; when she wants something she wants it right that instant and she absolutely cannot wait. She will often start crying and whining until she gets whatever it is she wanted; be it a task she’s struggling with or breakfast that I am trying to cook for her. We always try to calmly tell her things like whining won’t speed up the process, patience is a virtue, or that we’re doing the best we can as fast as we can and she just has to wait quietly.
Sometimes I think I need to re-learn the same value. When it comes to our home renovations I want them done now. We have a deadline and we never seem to get enough done; there isn’t enough money, time, or all other sorts of things happen that add up and add to the stress. But the question is, why stress about it? Eventually funds will add back up, eventually the project will get done….we still have a roof over our heads, an accessible bathroom, a bed to sleep in, and a very adequate kitchen; a lot of people have gotten by with a whole lot less. However that aspect of patience sure is more easily said than done!
The reason I’ve been thinking about this is because our summer schedule is quickly adding up with a camping trip, relatives getting married, my brother having a baby, as well as just needing time to unwind and spend quality time together. The clock doesn’t stop ticking though and every time someone asks me “How far along are you?…Oooh there isn’t much time left! Are you ready?” I get a feeling of panic and urgency that we won’t reach our deadline, however as stated above, we still have a very adequate house to live in; sleeping arrangements will just have to be shifted around as we do finish the renovations.
After all, I’d rather relax and let the renovations run their course and enjoy them while being able to savour moments like these as well…..like escaping on a daytrip to Crawford Bay and climbing a lighthouse.
Or even simply watching the joy Anna experiences being able to play with her papa in the backyard despite all the work that needed to be done…
And you can’t forget those occasional evenings of just curling up on the couch with your loved one eating popcorn and ice cream while watching a movie after a long day’s work vs. wearing yourself thin constantly working on projects around the house!
After all, Anna is only young once and I’m only pregnant with Zenith for a short little while. Why not savour those moments, along with the renovations, then stress about them? It’s a simple fact I need to start remembering more often, and maybe I need to not only teach Anna patience but myself as well.