March 1, 2016

Patience is a virtue – but let’s be honest, it’s a bit of a boring one. I’ve never really bothered with it. I’m too anxious to cram as much as possible into life, especially as several years vanished down the drain when chronic pain stopped me from doing just about everything. I have catching up to do. I’m in a hurry. However, I’m beginning to realise that for a writer and musician, patience is necessary - in spadefuls.

 

Here’s an analogy based on one of my favourite things: trees. I was recently helping my husband with some hedge-laying and it struck me how I should aspire to be like the tree whose name I share. Hazels are not in a hurry. They wait patiently for the seasons, yet just look!

 

They are strong, flexible and vigorous. Th...

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