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Genius is eternal patience.



Michelangelo, the world’s best known sculptor, was commissioned to paint well over 5,000 square feet of frescoes on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel.  The project required him to learn the technique of buon fresco, the most difficult type of painting undertaken by only the masters, and challenged him to learn to paint perspective correctly on a curved surface 60 feet above the viewer.  Besides these challenges, it was truly an exercise in patience.

He did it mostly by  himself.  Sure, there were assistants to carry his paints up and down the scaffolds, but most of the brushstrokes were his own.  He painted for four years, bent over backwards and painting over his head.  The master complained that the project forever ruined his vision.  500 years later, all who visit the chapel stand awestruck for a few minutes to soak up the splendor of the work.

You’re going to lose your patience this week.  You’ll sit in traffic or get put on hold for hours.  Your computer is going to freeze, probably before you remember to hit ‘save’, and your boss is going to give a ridiculous and tedious assignment.  Your baked potatoes will take longer to bake than you expect.  The check out line will be too long.  Your kids will need to use the bathroom when it’s time to get on the bus.  But if you can take a deep breath and keep it together, your patience might lead to a stroke of genius.

Have a great week everyone.


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“In dwelling, live close to the ground. In thinking, keep to the simple. In conflict, be fair and generous. In governing, don’t try to control. In work, do what you enjoy. In family life, be completely present.”

— Lao Tzu

I love the sentiment expressed by this quote.

I would add one more thing at the end if I had the chance…

In ALL things, be grateful.


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“Never cut a tree down in the wintertime. Never make a negative decision in the low time. Never make your most important decisions when you are in your worst moods. Wait. Be patient. The storm will pass. The spring will come.”

Robert H. Schuller



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“Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.”

— Harriet Tubman

As we return to work, let’s all remember that inside of us is the potential to do exactly what is necessary to succeed not only today or this week, but for the weeks and months that follow.

Be the dreamer. You already have all that you need to change the world, yours and mine.

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“Life has many ways of testing a person’s will, either by having nothing happen at all or by having everything happen all at once.”

Paulo Coelho

When everything happens all at once, it takes discipline, organization, time management,   and efficient work to accomplish what needs to be done.  My friend just spent the last few months preparing for boards (6 exams), which she took all last weekend.  This week, she has to take 8 final exams.  Finding the willpower and motivation to sit at a desk and study for the hours required, to cram all the required material and skills, is a real challenge.  But if you’re like me or my friend, then you live for challenges like this.  She said “it’ll feel great when it’s all done.”  Despite all of the “it’s not in the arriving, it’s in the striving”-type quotes on our blog, striving is exhausting and arriving is satisfying.

Often when we are very busy, we wish that things would slow down.  How many times do you catch yourself thinking “if I just had another day.”  Many of my classmates wish they didn’t have classwork so that they could focus on their research.  I have that luxury, and it drives me crazy.  It takes a lot of discipline, organization, motivation, and patience to accomplish what needs to be done and avoid boredom.  For me, nothing is happening at all; I’m in the doldrums of life.  I know it’s only temporary, and I’m trying to enjoy it and make the best of it.  But my personality is really much better suited for the “all at once” brand of life.  It’s not quite bad enough that I add “drink coffee” to my to-do list in order to accomplish something, (although I have made gnocchi from scratch and started running again for no real reason) but the waiting game can bend me out of shape like a paperclip.

Whether everything is happening all at once or nothing is happening at all, you have the character to achieve what needs to be accomplished.  When you stop striving and start arriving, it’s going to feel great.

Have a great week everyone,



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“Deep down within the heart there is a stillness which is healing, a trust in the universal laws which is unwavering, and a strength which is rock-like. But because it is so deep we need both patience and perseverance when digging for it.”

— Paul Brunton

Patience. Patience. Patience.

Everything you need is inside you. Have the patience to search for it and the confidence to know you’ve had it all along. Your inner light. The hope that shines outward for others. Take the time to find it. It’s all about PATIENCE.

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“Have courage for the great sorrows of life and patience for the small ones; and when you have laboriously accomplished your daily task, go to sleep in peace. God is awake.”

— Victor Hugo

Finish each day and be done with it. You’ve done all that you can. What you can do now is move forward at peace.


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