Patience, Resilience

This is part of a daily writing project in conjunction with photographer Sarah Tesar. For every day of May 2017 I will be writing a short piece inspired by Sarah’s daily photos as posted on her Instagram feed.

Photo © 2017 Sarah Tesar

“Maxima enim, patientia virtus (Patience is the greatest virtue)”

“Vires acquirit eundo (It gains strength by going / as it goes” – Virgil 

The patient bird. Waiting. Eagle-eyed, even in the rain. Ready for anything, as always.

Patience and resilience can go hand in hand very strongly. It’s one thing to sit and wait; it’s another to sit through difficult conditions. We don’t always have the luxury of waiting out a storm outside of the storm. When parables speak of sailors waiting out storms at sea, those tales aren’t merely about the passing of time. They’re about enduring the battering winds and the stinging rain, and the massive waves that just don’t stop.

But who knows what patience is to a bird? Who knows what it means to any wild animal to endure the rest of nature?

Come what may, they do what they must.

© 2017 Andrew Hall Writes


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