Wait. Hold your horses. Sit still.
My parents said these phrases over and over to their youngest child, a girl who wiggled much and didn’t learn patience early.
But there is hope — even for the restless. Perhaps I just needed to experience demonstrations of the reward of this virtue.
In 2019, during a visit to the zoo, I walked into the bird building. (It probably has a more elegant name.) And I encountered this fine fellow – a Bathleur Eagle.
He appears rather interested in the world as he looks over his shoulder at the people. You can almost hear him thinking. “What do they expect? I’d rather be flying free in the sunshine and hunting.”
Fortunately, we lingered at his large cage (the size of some of the rooms in my home).
Here you go, humans! Take this memory with you when you walk away. Bet you don’t look this good from the back.
Patience. Stopping to watch the bird — or sniff the flower — brings a reward.
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