Friday, January 6, 2012

Living the Moment to the Fullest (Henri Nouwen)

A wonderful way to view "patience"!

Living the Moment to the Fullest

Patience is a hard discipline. It is not just waiting until something happens over which we have no control: the arrival of the bus, the end of the rain, the return of a friend, the resolution of a conflict. Patience is not a waiting passivity until someone else does something. Patience asks us to live the moment to the fullest, to be completely present to the moment, to taste the here and now, to be where we are. When we are impatient we try to get away from where we are. We behave as if the real thing will happen tomorrow, later and somewhere else. Let's be patient and trust that the treasure we look for is hidden in the ground on which we stand.


  1. I have found that contentment is inextricably linked to patience. Not that I am all that content - but, like Paul, I am learning to be content. :)

  2. contentment ... that is true. Good point. Godliness with contentment is a wonderful combination to aspire to have ...