Category Archives: PATIENCE

Who hears the fishes when they cry? [Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862),

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URUNGA SCULPTURE 2016
If you'd learn patience superfine, 
Go you to fish with rod and line. 
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If you have not been to two different bazaars, then you do not know what the best value is. (Burkina Faso)

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The always-hurrying person eats goat, but the one who takes his time eats beef. (Lesotho)

Note: In Lesotho and many other parts of Africa, cow meat is prized much more than goat meat.

http://www.rodneyohebsion.com/african-proverbs.htm

WAITING FOR THE PAST

looking off the short horizon,
the Sun a white daystar of squinch
glazing the ground like frozen twilight,

no life, no company, no nearness,
never a memory or a joke . . .

LES MURRAY

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“The two hardest tests on the spiritual road are the patience to wait for the right moment and the courage not to be disappointed with what we encounter.”

Paulo Coelho, Veronika Decides to Die

“The rich get ice in the summer and the poor get it in the winter, so some people figure everyone gets an even break” (J. W Rider, Jersey Tomatoes, 1986).

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Today is officially the first day of spring, hut I won’t be putting my winter clothes away just yet my grandmother used to say, “It’s not spring until you can plant your foot upon twelve daisies,” and there’s not a daisy to be seen on any of my neighbours’ lawns.

The proverb was first recorded in 1863, but with the implication that it was already in general use.

Dem give yu basket fi carry water. meaning: Someone give yu a raw deal.

http://www.lasanabandele.com/jamaican_proverbs.html

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Naku te rourou nau te rourou ka ora ai te iwi

With your basket and my basket the people will live

Again referring to co-operation and the combination of resources to get ahead. This proverb can be very useful and is often said.

http://www.maori.cl/Proverbs.htm

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In for a penny, in for a pound.

English

If you called yourself a milk mushroom, get into the basket .

Russian

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“There is only one cure for grey hair. It was invented by a Frenchman. It is called the guillotine.” ― P.G. Wodehouse

 

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“When You Are Old”

WHEN you are old and grey and full of sleep,
And nodding by the fire, take down this book,
And slowly read, and dream of the soft look
Your eyes had once, and of their shadows deep;

How many loved your moments of glad grace,
And loved your beauty with love false or true,
But one man loved the pilgrim soul in you,
And loved the sorrows of your changing face;

And bending down beside the glowing bars,
Murmur, a little sadly, how Love fled
And paced upon the mountains overhead
And hid his face amid a crowd of stars.”

W.B. Yeats

Patience has all the time it needs.”

 

Allan Lokos, Patience: The Art of Peaceful Living

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“I’m simply saying that there is a way to be sane. I’m saying that you can get rid of all this insanity created by the past in you. Just by being a simple witness of your thought processes. 

It is simply sitting silently, witnessing the thoughts, passing before you. Just witnessing, not interfering not even judging, because the moment you judge you have lost the pure witness. The moment you say “this is good, this is bad,” you have already jumped onto the thought process. 

It takes a little time to create a gap between the witness and the mind. Once the gap is there, you are in for a great surprise, that you are not the mind, that you are the witness, a watcher. 

And this process of watching is the very alchemy of real religion. Because as you become more and more deeply rooted in witnessing, thoughts start disappearing. You are, but the mind is utterly empty.

That’s the moment of enlightenment. That is the moment that you become for the first time an unconditioned, sane, really free human being.” 

― Osho

Everybody is waiting for cooler weather–and I am just waiting for you. (Bob Dylan in a letter)” ― Suze Rotolo,

A Freewheelin’ Time: Greenwich Village in the Sixties, Bob Dylan and Me

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Sometimes, no matter how much you want for things to happen, all you can do is wait

In the moment of crisis, the wise build bridges and the foolish build dams. ~ Nigerian

http://afritorial.com/the-best-72-african-wise-proverbs/

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foto of the urunga footbridge in nsw australia at the mouth of the kalang and bellinger rivers into the pacific ocean

Gumbaynggirr

Gumbaynggirr by Travis Blair

“Gather round me children

There’s a story I’ll tell you,

A story about our heritage

A place where we go for a chew.

This place once looked so different

Mangrove trees and river gums,

An abundance of fishing

I encouraged friends to come.

We’d go fishing for Flathead

With our bottle lines and dough

Trying our skills not to tangle

Our lines but we’d have a go.

As we fished the sun shone

We shared our stories and dreams

Hoping our children would continue

Our tradition and what it means.

The white man thought it was better

Destroying my family’s sacred place

Removing all trees and making it a park

And calling it a “community space”.

How can it be a community space?

When the families have left

The place lonely and uninviting,

It hurts inside my chest.

How can my children learn about

Their culture and family?

The laws of survival, the Dreaming

And becoming more manly.

The white man they say “sorry”

yet I still feel sadness and sorrow

I have let down my ancestors

But yet we’ll still live with it tomorrow.
Read more: http://www.creativespirits.info/aboriginalculture/arts/gumbaynggirr#ixzz2noeD48LI

The key to everything is patience. You get the chicken by hatching the egg, not by smashing it.

http://theroamingchicken.com/?page_id=97

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A chicken’s head is only this wide (show fingers an inch or so apart) but they know enough to come in out of the rain. (meaning that someone did something very stupid)

http://www.chickenvideo.com/sayings.html

You have not line nor rope: with which to land a sea-monster.

Huna mshipi, hu nangwe: kuomoa tenga na nini?
Said of somebody who undertakes an impossible task.

http://swahiliproverbs.afrst.illinois.edu/ambition.html

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Time langa dan rope.


Time is longer than a rope.


Meaning: Things will change eventually.

http://www.belizeans.com/grauma.htm