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Don’t worry

My friend says that we should live for today—and not worry too much about tomorrow. Live in the moment. As Charles Schulz said, “Don’t worry about the world coming to an end today. It is already tomorrow in Australia.” –Joy

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The fury of patience

My next-door neighbor Jane and I have agreed. When we get so fed up with this pandemic that we feel like screaming, we will meet in the alley behind our houses and scream. As the poet John Dryden once said, “Beware the fury of a patient man.” Or woman! –Joy

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I am tired of the pandemic. I am tired of Texas’ new voting laws and abortion laws. I am tired of hearing about all of the problems facing this world. I want change. Immediately! That’s how I feel, and that’s why a card from a friend was timely. The card quoted Emerson, who said, “Adopt […]

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Be patient

We’ve been waiting for my husband Jerry to feel better. Now for his surgery. And, of course, for this pandemic to end. We wait sometimes with patience. Sometimes without much patience. Patience is required. As Ghandi once said, “To lose patience is to lose the battle.” –Joy

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Wonderful and terrible

There are good days and bad days. It turns out that yesterday was not a good day. I realized that I can see better with my old glasses than I can see with my new glasses with a new prescription. My husband Jerry is still ill. I found out that my neighbor has leukemia. I […]

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Are you grateful?

This is a trick question. Somehow, everywhere, we get the message that we’re supposed to be grateful—all the time. The writer Kate Bowler says, “I am here to give you permission. You don’t have to be a permanently grateful person. You can just be you. And sometimes you’ll have good days and sometimes you’ll have […]

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“Adopt the pace of nature. Her secret is patience,” Emerson once said. This is one of my favorite quotes. Why am I still in a hurry when I am a person who should have learned that there is no reason to hurry, a person who no longer has children to care for, a person who […]

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Patience rewarded!

We did it! After numerous phone calls and hours waiting on hold, two confirmed reservations that were canceled and hours registering at nine sites, we finally won the competition. My husband Jerry and I were vaccinated for the coronavirus this week. We weren’t vaccinated by Dallas County. Or, the City of Dallas. Or, Garland or […]

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Rich in patience

If Shakespeare is right, I am rich—rich in patience, at least. “How poor are they who have not patience!” Shakespeare once said. I thought that I had learned patience—after decades of marriage and two children. But, this pandemic is making me much more patient. –Joy

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Learning patience

My son Jay and his wife Rachel, who got married last year, are in the process of buying a new house. They called this afternoon to tell us that they were getting impatient waiting for their realtor to call. “Do you know what will teach you patience?” I asked them. “Marriage?” my son answered. I […]

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