Be patient. Just be patient.
That''s a third principle that needs to be applied in this 34th year of my life along with being present and being grateful.
The fun part about that is it can't be a principle that is just for this next year, right? Ugh, developing patience requires patience...
But it's important because being patient will allow me to think of the future with a reasonable, long-term perspective. And in doing so, I am able to enter into the present, focusing on each day as important in itself.
Reading that stuff I just wrote seems all types of new agey and mystic, but I have no better way of explaining it right now. I guess ultimately patience is rooted in the trust that my God and Father is working all things out according to His good will and pleasure, which includes my joy. I don't know how it plays out. I don't know if I will have a successful career. I don't know if we will be a big, happy family. I don't know if we will be comfortable financially. I don't know what hardships that will come.
I have an idea of what I'd like our life to be like. I know, for the most part, the reality of what our life is like now. Patience is understanding that we may get there or we may not. Because it's not about us achieving that idea. It's about trusting that whatever does come is a gift from God. Today is good. Tomorrow has enough worries of it's own. Be thankful for that, for what is, and what is true. To truly grasp that requires more patience than I know I have in my own power.