The Thing About Time

Act. Move. Stand. Fight! We’re constantly convincing ourselves to rise up and crush, stomp, and head-butt life’s obstacles. But what about those pesky problems that are out of our control? Those odious issues that only answer to time. What of all our mighty, motivational verbs then? . . . Some may argue that’s when the true test of strength comes.

Sometimes, when coping with a particularly stressful event, after you’ve done every possible thing you know to do; after you’ve enlisted the help of experts, stayed true to your faith, and have run out of tears; sometimes, you come to that excruciatingly quiet place. That almost peaceful place, where you tap into a deeper strength — a default strength because without it, you may deflate — that whispers “It’s okay to be still. It’s okay to wait.”

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Like an artist creating a masterpiece, it takes great discipline and quiet strength to wait for one layer of paint to dry before applying the next. And when a skilled athlete gets injured, she must still her roaring urge to compete until time has fully healed her. If she jumps the gun, her career is over.

I live by our mighty verbs. Most of us seek daily motivation to stand strong. Life is hard! But standing strong doesn’t always have to be loud and proud. Quiet, patient, disciplined determination and perseverance . . . learning to be at peace with the fact that some things simply take time, that’s the other side of the scale. And that time . . . that’s time you can use for anything you want. Anything.

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-Elle C.

About Elle C. Mayberry

Elle C. Mayberry is a mom and author, who just released a new children's book with her young daughter. With a passion for parenting and degrees in psychology and "make it workology," she created Tuned In Parents (TiP).

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  1. *Long pent up sigh* Thank you for for sharing this! Your “timing” could not be better. We’ve been struggling as a unit after a death in the family and we’ve done counseling, church, read books and just seems neverending, you know? What you said just clicked. Like I don’t have to keep running around in circles trying to fix us. That frees all of us up to focus on getting better. *sigh* Thank you for sharing. -Bernice

    • Bernice,
      My condolences to you and your family.
      When you pointed out that your family is now freed up to “focus on getting better,” that’s major progress right there!
      And thank YOU for sharing.
      ~Elle C.

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