The Importance of Patience

Written by Gordon Clark, Horticultural Consultant

“Being patient is difficult. It is not just waiting until something happens over which we have no control: the arrival of the bus, the end of the rain, the return of a friend, the resolution of a conflict. Patience is not waiting passively until someone else does something. Patience asks us to live the moment to the fullest, to be completely present to the moment, to taste the here and now, to be where we are. When we are impatient, we try to get away from where we are. We behave as if the real thing will happen tomorrow, later, and somewhere else. Be patient and trust that the treasure you are looking for is hidden in the ground on which you stand. ”                                                            Henri J. M. Nouwen, 

I especially enjoy the thought that being patient is not waiting passively until someone else does something. It requires stepping out from our comfort zones knowing that God “has our backs.”. The ambitious goal is to be a self-sustaining agricultural project in Haiti and PHF with the support of H4H will continue to persevere. Despite all the changes in our present lives, we will get through it and PHF will pursue new initiatives on the other side. We are all being challenged but we still need to live life to its fullest and do what we can do now. Farmers are the epitome of patience. They plant a seed, watch it sprout, nurture it through drought, flood, and pests until harvest time; knowing all along that you can’t neglect it by being impatient and just wishing…it requires work. Be safe this week.

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