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This past spring, I lost my wedding ring while gardening. That will teach me to store valuable things is a bra that is too big!
There was a lot of searching and crying – nothing. The next morning, my husband and I rented a faulty mental detector, yelled at each other a bit, and even started to dig up the garden we had been working on the whole previous day.
I could not lose that ring. Being a jeweler, my husband Will could have made me a new one. In fact, he had recently purchased some stones to make me a nice ring. But my wedding ring is priceless.
We found the 1920’s white gold and diamond engagement ring in a vintage jewelry shop. They don’t make them like that anymore and it was a steal. Will cut and set 2 blue zircons in the center – a personal touch. He made the wedding band himself with gold his boss gave as a wedding present. It is old, frugal, and personal. I could not lose this ring.
I was just about to give up hope, when there it was. Just sitting on top of a patch of dirt. In plain sight.
There was a lesson here: good things come to those who wait. Nothing important has ever come to me through extensive searching. Not my ring, not my health, not even my husband. It has only come when I am ready to give up.
Now, this doesn’t mean just give up. I couldn’t have found my ring if I had been sitting inside. Even though I told myself I had given up on boys, I pursued a friendship and found a husband. My health requires me to be mindful, but trying too hard and stressing myself out counteracts my efforts.
No, don’t give up. But have patience. What you need will come to you when the time is right.
It is not easy. It might even feel like you are losing your mind. But everything good in this world takes time, patience, and (most importantly) an openness to process.
I have been meaning to write this post since before my book had been released. And now that it has and I have finally written this, I can’t help but see the parallels between all the good things that have come to me through patience, and the healing journey that requires more patience than many people are able to give.
It is not an easy process. No. And telling a couple nice stories about how good things come to those who wait is full of warm fuzzies. But as true as it may be, it is not a switch that can be turned on and off. There’s a reason it took so many examples for me to see this, and why I am still not good about remember it.
Which is why I wrote Healing Patiently, and am working on a program to more closely help support people going through this process. Because good things come to those who wait with open hearts and a willingness to pursue opportunities. Learn more about how this idea will help you heal your body with Healing Patiently.
Have you found the phrase “good things come to those who wait” to be true? Tell me about your experiences.
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