“Patience is not simply the ability to wait – it’s how we behave while we’re waiting.” –Joyce Meyer

Marshmallow Fireside Candle
Marshmallow Fireside Candle

I’ve been waiting for the leaves to change color for a couple of months now, and though we’re almost there, all the trees seemed to have made a collective decision that they are remaining green. It’s a reminder to be productive and patient during the waiting phase. For the time being, I’ve skipped a season and have gone straight to my Marshmallow Fireside candle. Everyone else is prepping for the holidays, why not join in while we wait for fall?

This week I went through a massive change. I feel like I say that way too many times when I start writing a new blog. But, I guess, life is full of change. I started a new job and it has been amazing so far. The change in environment and perspective is exactly what I needed to move forward. I have felt better, more energized, and overall more positive. It was a huge goal I was trying to accomplish for a while and watching it come to fruition was one of the most rewarding experiences I’ve had so far.

While I’ve accomplished one goal, I’m on to the next. Along with trying to cross items off my Fall Bucket List, I’m also working on accomplishing some of my long-term goals. One of the tough things about doing that is understanding the patience portion. Long-term goals present challenges because they require a lot of patience, hard work, and dedication over a long period of time. Life can become so crazy and hectic that dedication can become hard, which makes being patient even more difficult.

As I’ve *patiently* waited for the leaves to change colors, I’ve realized that—like anything else—they’re going to take time. They will change when they are ready and it’s not going to happen over night. It astonishes me how many lessons we can learn about life through nature and simple things around us. Even this candle that’s burning right next to me. Imagine what it looked like when I first bought it: brand new, white wicks, wax filled closely to the top of the glass container. Now, it’s nearing the bottom, but it took me a few months to get it to that spot. The flames can only burn so fast. There is a lot of time and dedication that goes into transferring the aroma throughout the room and slowly bringing the wax closer to its end.

I didn’t think I’d jump into all these metaphors in this blog, but it taught me a greater lesson than what I was expecting to learn by the end of this post. For once, I think I’ll finally be able to take my own advice because I’m watching this thing in front of me slowly take its time reach its end “goal.” And I can do the same.

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