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W is for Waiting

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Twenty-third installment in the A-Z series. W is for Waiting.

Like the song says, “The waiting is the hardest part.” It seems so with life. Waiting for the good stuff to happen, waiting for the bad stuff to be over, waiting in transition from one stage of life to another. The waiting is most definitely the hardest part.

Patience is a virtue. Knowing there is a time and place for everything. How much pain is caused by rushed decisions. I have made many. Some turned out rather well, while others cause a lot of extra work and heartache. Patience is certainly not one of my strengths, so I can hardly talk about it. I just know it is a good idea. I wish I had more of it.

The thing that is tricky about many things in life is that it’s not just about us. We have to wait for other people to be in line with the game plan as well. People with their own thoughts, free will, perspectives and game plans. There is a time when that comes in to alignment and we have an opportunity.

But its the waiting. Often I think of kids jumping rope, double-dutch two ropes swinging. You have to listen to the rhythm of the ropes to know just the perfect time to jump in. If you don’t listen you end up tripping or getting smacked in the face with the rope, and that HURTS! Much the same with life. Being prepared and being open to that perfect opening in life for career, love, family, or whatever one wishes to attract into their world. We must be prepared and patiently wait.

When the synchronicity of life aligns for us it is such an exquisitely magical time. When everything seems to flow the way we’d like. Gratitude for the blessings in life. I am reminded of another song lyric as well with Sheryl Crow that says “It’s not getting what you want. It’s wanting what you’ve got” this is also a good sentiment to keep in mind. Sometimes waiting through a tough time is the right choice as with time things sort themselves out and one finds no action was needed.

Other times the time spent waiting reveals without a doubt what the next step in life’s journey should be. There is a lot to be said for waiting for the Universe to catch up with our desires. To manifest them in its own perfect time.

Yet without a doubt the waiting is the hardest part.

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V is for Virtues

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Twenty-second part of the A-Z series. V is for Virtues.

It seems that in today’s society many people know about the 7 Deadly Sins Pride, Envy, Wrath, Sloth, Greed, Gluttony, Lust. Though very few know there are also 7 Holy Virtues. Whether or not a person is particularly religious or not it is wise to contemplate how these became the sins and virtues. Living with the virtues often creates results for a more peaceful and happy life.

Faith
Faith is the believing in a power higher than yourself. As opposed to pride which is self-centered giving a false sense of power, Faith is connecting to a power that is encompassing and bigger and therefore with it comes a sense of Humility.

Hope
Hope is the expectation of greater things for yourself. This is the opposite of Envy which focuses on scarcity, therefore the idea that you must take from others in order to have your needs met. A person with Hope realizes that there is enough and that there is a perfect situation waiting for them. They need not take from others to have their needs met.

Charity
Charity the opposite of Greed. Where Greed is about taking all that is yours and then taking from others that are weaker and with less power just because you can. This creates an imbalance where those who are weaker are either forced to steal for survival or they grow weak and in certain cases can die of sickness and hunger.

Charity on the other hand is an action of gratitude. By recognizing the blessings of having enough one gives to those needing help. Therefore making a more harmonious community and in so doing creating a vacuum by which even more blessings and prosperity may come into the generous person’s life.

The famous saying “Always be good to those on the way up.Because inevitably you will only be able to stay on top for a limited amount of time and you will meet the same folks on your way down.” This pertains to both humility and charity.

Prudence
Prudence is the opposite of Lust. Rather than having complete unbridled desire, Prudence states that it is better to be cautious and to make cool-headed decisions. Where as Lust is an all or nothing proposition of the body, Prudence offers the good judgement of the mind.

Temperance
Temperance is the ability to have self-discipline and self-control. The antithesis of Gluttony, Temperance is about being thoughtful and mindful of that which is put into one’s body. Treating the body as a temple. Where as Gluttony is more like treating one’s body more like an amusement park, as the old joke goes.

Fortitude
Fortitude is the antidote to Sloth. Fortitude is an inner strength and courage to keep at it and move forward. If I had to pick a favorite virtue for me Fortitude would be mine. It’s about having the guts to keep going even when the chips are down. It’s that something way down deep inside a person’s spirit that motivates them to get back up one more time no matter how many times they have been knocked down by life. Fortitude is very powerful.

Justice
Wrath is the act of rage. A shoot first, ask questions later, way of dealing with situations. This often ends in regret and ruined lives. The virtue of Justice shows the ability to be fair and reasonable especially when it comes to making decisions. Where as wrath is about harsh punishment and pain. Justice is about bringing harmony back to a situation with the use of reason and fair handed measures.

As a person overcomes the urges of the 7 sins and replaces them with the better results that come from the virtues they are able to have a much more productive and empowering life experience.