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#EmersonQuote #Patience :: Adopt the pace of nature - Ralph W. Emerson


I don’t talk much about patience.  Mostly because I’m an impatient person and I have this crazy idea that if I don’t talk about, or don’t ask for more, it will be a non issue.

When I read this quote:

“Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience.”
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

I realized that nature is always in wait.

When the earth’s temperature is warm enough,
plants emerge from their winter hiding places and seeds sprout.

As the days shorten and temperatures drop,
the life-giving nutrients reverse their flow and leaves color, and die, and drop.

Nature is so much more complicated than all of that, I know….
But, as I sat on one park bench, looking across the way to another empty one, I realized I had passed a huge milestone in my life.

I’m becoming more patient.

Like nature, I’m learning to wait and let God set the pace and follow.  At least that was true today.
And we can only live this life, one day at a time.

Patience.  Waiting.  Following.

It isn’t necessarily comfortable.  But, it is more peaceful.


How about you?  Do you struggle with patience or impatience?
What does your wrestling look like?


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Catch up on all that’s Extraordinary…


this week at An Extraordinary Day:


The Week at a Glance 8/3 ::


Here’s a rundown of this week’s posts…

  1. C.S. Lewis Quote…An Extraordinary Destiny :: The Week at a Glance 8/3
  2. How to have Endurance :: Joy Day!
  3. Create a Cute Laundry Room Skirt to Hide the Washer Shut-off & Dryer Vent :: The Makeover Continues! 
  4. Encouraging Words :: “Don’t be troubled
  5. The Laundry Room Makeover :: The Reveal!


It was another Extraordinary Week on the blog!

Saturday’s weekly wrap up began with my personal story and featured a beautiful quote and printable on hardship.  Sunday began with Joy Day! and a few thoughts on endurance and running in this race called life.   Then on Monday, I featured another glimpse into my laundry room and how I was able to hide the mechanical things we just don’t want to see.  Wednesday I shared a printable with a scripture verse for encouragement.  And Friday, after many posts, and a test of your patience, the laundry room makeover was finally revealed.  And yes…it was entirely done by shopping my house.  Yay!!!


Humbled and blessed

This week I was a guest on A Diamond in the Stuff and shared how to turn a vintage window nautical and then into a coastal photo frame.  Be sure to pop over there and check it out and please leave Courtney a sweet comment!


On a Personal Note

I’ll just be frank with you.  The posts this week were very time-consuming, it was a lot with the guest post, too.  And pretty much I think they were my escape.  I’m being very careful where I let my mind go.  If not, I could freak out thinking about the uncertainty of the future and wondering and fretting over where I’ll be moving in just 28 days.

You’ll be happy to know I’m planning a number of posts so that even though I will be in the mess of packing, I’ll be able to write some posts and even have photos to go with them.  Hopefully it will all work out.  We’ll just have to wait and see.   I guess we’re both going to learn patience on this leg of the journey.   At the very least…I do hope you will graciously extend me an extra dose.

Maybe now is a good time to ask you this… if push comes to shove and I have limited time to share much on the blog, what is it that you most look forward to seeing?  I might need a Plan A, a Plan B, and a Plan C.  [grin]


So now that I’ve shared my week…please fill me in with what’s been happening with you.  

Have you needed to exercise any patience this week?


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  1. It’s summer and thankfully I have a lot of patient because I feel free. No schools, no foreign languages, no time pressure, I am free…..! Ask me again on winter time….! I wish to have an extraordinary day my dear…!

    • Diane says

      No time pressure. Isn’t that what’s beautiful about summer time, Eleni?
      It already feels like summer is running away from us, here. Though I’m guessing where you live weather is much less of a factor. Hope you enjoy every single special moment while it lasts! [hugs]


      • Dear Diane, I come from Crete, Greece. The sun here is still burning our skins, the sea is a pleasure and the schools are close. So, I still have one month full of patient…….! See you again!

  2. Judi says

    I find as I am getting older I have much more patience than in the past ~ I don’t know if it is me changing, less pressures or a natural progression, but it does feel better to not feel anxious over circumstances, especially those I can’t control ~ I think if I were you I would be freaking out! I look forward to your continued posts sharing words of wisdom, encouragement and your amazing creativity, to name a few ~ Judi

    • Diane says

      Judi…you’re like a fine wine…improving with age. [wink]
      I love it that you have gained a terrific outlook for living. 🙂
      I’m not sure about myself…but this has totally been a God thing for me with the patience.
      Thanks for your input….I really really appreciate it!! 🙂 And your affirmations too!

  3. Suzi says

    i have patience as i grow older, too. my twenty something and his girl tire me out with all their drama & most of it boils down to a lack of patience & trust in God for His timing. it makes me remember how i was just like that in my twenties an must have tired my husband out 😉 the thing is…you can’t get patience without trials! so after many, many trials i am developing more trust, hence more patienc. and in particular this week i am trying to be patient with more than half our home being turned upside down as we remodel some spaces to become an efficentcy apt. for our son. 8 rooms emptied down to the closets and having new purposes so i can appreciate your moving dilema a little bit. didn’t know you were moving btw. to answer your question of what i’d most like to see while you pack, move & un pack…i’d most like to see you take care of yourself, your business, your home and put the blog on a back burner. we will look forward to all your new ideas!

    • Diane says

      You know, Suzi…I think you have hit the nail on the head. Patience does come from trials. And I also am coming to realize that it takes me being willing to be molded through those trials. I’m not sure that I have been particularly mold-able some of the time.
      Oh my goodness. My heart goes out to you while you have your house turned upside down. What a gift for your son…yet…remodeling is a dirty project that challenges keeping a home.
      Moving….I alluded to it here:
      Thank you for you caring words, Suzi. 🙂 They are like a warm hug to me.
      This blog has been a blessing to me, more than anyone knows. So I will be taking care of myself as I give time to it as I can.
      Hope your weekend is extraordinary!!

  4. Carolyn says

    Oh, Diane! What about your lovely laundry room makeover? You’re leaving just the bare bones there & will hopefully have a great laundry space in your new place! I’m praying for just that!
    Speaking of laundry–I’m drowning in ours! Sooo many towels & sheet sets & dirty clothes lately. Summertime is more laundry time, I do believe.
    As I’ve mentioned, I am a missionary homemaker & have lived in semi-primitive areas in the past. Shame on me for ever complaining about laundry! I’ve witnessed women washing on the rocks by a river, I’ve seen them wash outside at an outdoor concrete sink w/o a proper drain, I’ve known women who wash ever single thing by hand! Can we imagine washing the towels & big ole sheets by hand! O’ course their towels & sheets are not nearly as thick & generously sized as ours, but still make for a lot of hard work.
    Sooo, I’ll try to be patient w/the laundry piles…& w/myself. I’m not as young as I used to be but I’m sooo grateful for a washer & dryer to help me keep us in clean clothes & linens. Glad for medicine to help w/the arthritis pain in my hands too.
    Life is good…& you’re so right!…nature is always such a good teacher! Thanks for posting! I love all your décor ideas–you are one very creative woman! I know you will turn your next home into a haven as always!

    • Diane says

      I cannot even imagine having to wash our clothes by hand. Yes, I have done so when traveling in foreign countries, but still with wash basin. You are so right…there are more showers and more changes of clothes which means MORE laundry!! 😉
      Carolyn, you have such a way of loving and affirming with your sweet words.
      Thank you for the warm “word hug” today!!

  5. I love this post today. So right on time. I am impatient. But God is working on me funny thing is I am finally allowing him too! I am a work in progress. I have learned when I submit to HIS ways in the process I have more peace. Again what a lovely and on time message! Stop by to visit me sometime at

    • Diane says

      Isn’t that just like God to put something in our path right when we need it?!!
      Thanks for the kind thoughts, Susie!!
      Hope your new week is Extraordinary!

  6. Mel says

    You might guess that I am impatient with me…and with G-d. With others, I seem to have a wealth of patience. People grow at their own pace, with G-d’s awesome plan unfolding in His perfect time. It’s not them I get impatient with, it’s Him.
    Pretty egocentric of me to think my plan/timing is ‘better’ than His, huh? So yes, horribly imparient with Him…and with me. I look forward to the moment I can stare at a bench across the way and see the progress in ME in the patience department.
    For today, I’m grateful you can see the progress, that you continue to do the TRUST deal….I trust and waffle, trust and waffle…LOTS of waffling and lots of ‘restless, irritable and discontent’ moments. Makes me nervous to be there, but lying/pretending that’s not true is a very bad plan for me. Telling the truth and doing right actions anyway helps move me to different places….as does LISTENING to the messages that get dropped in my lap. So thank you for being one on the messengers in my life.

    • Diane says

      You have no idea how far I’ve come in this dept., Mel. But…I guess when the fire is applied, something good should happen. Not that the ‘refiner’s fire’ is something I’m fond of. NOT! Thank you for your honesty. I guess we’ll find out how patient I am the last seven days. 😉 But, for today…I’m amazed. It’s surely not something I muster up…for sure!! I know the trust and waffle routine. Oh boy. My waffles came in all kinds of lovely and not so lovely flavors too. I’m thinking I tried them all [wink]
      Golly, Mel, I am so blessed that God uses the keyboard taps of mine to encourage another heart. Glory to HIM!


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