The old saying “patience is a virtue,” is wrong. If you're a writer, patience is not a virtue, it’s a necessity.
Over the years I have gathered to myself experiences and stories that act as metaphors. Whenever I need to, I take a moment to reflect on them, gathering strength from their symbolism. They help keep me centered and patient. Perhaps they can help you too.
|1000 piece butterfly|
As kids, my sister and I spent many evenings putting jigsaw puzzles together. Many of them were done by lantern light, so the color of the pieces was not what we'd see in natural light. I learned to find pieces not just by color, but by shape. Little did I realize the experience was preparing me to be patient.
Each piece put into place is one less that has to be found. It is also one more that helps bring the whole picture into clearer focus.
|2000 piece van Gogh|
Whenever you start something big, whether it’s cleaning out a closet or writing a novel, instead of looking at everything that has to be done, look instead at what has already been accomplished.
As with a puzzle, begin by sorting out the edge pieces first. Make a to do list, get your basic materials together, read one research book instead of five, or clean up your desk area. In other words, begin small. This approach should help keep you focused on the task at hand and aide against feeling overwhelmed.
|500 piece Big Boy train|
|250 piece train wheels|
My hubby likes trains. I did these for him.
Do you like doing jigsaw puzzles?
Next week Monday, Part Two: Waiting in Line.