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I'm Lisa Bowman. The Religion Network is an interfaith web site providing inspiration, quotes and religious resources. This Home Page is changed every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. You are warmly
invited to read every quote posted for each theme, or simply to read those that interest you. They are
offered in the belief that inspiration can be found in all spiritual faiths, and that finding the commonality
in religions is more important than pointing up the differences. Religion is precious gift that blesses the
individual and uplifts the community. However you worship, I hope this site enhances your journey. Let
us meet regularly and build a spiritual network. If you'd like to know my story, click on biography.
On Today's Theme:
The little brook flowed patiently across the rocks in its way.
The rocks made the brook bubble and hum; they made its
water sparkle in the sunlight. The brook barely lingered on
the rocks, but happily continued on its way. Toads sunned
themselves on the bank, water bugs skimmed on the surface
of the brook while the local deer savored its cool water.
And the little brook just continued patiently to flow over the rocks.
Then one day (after quite a while), the little brook realized that those
rocks it had tumbled over for so long had become rather rounded.
Yes, they were smoothed down and now they barely obstructed
its pathway. And the little brook smiled and continued on.
- Lisa Bowman
There is nothing on earth that can undo the past but patience. If we have
patience we can easily undo the past. The past is a morning mist, a mean-
ingless experience in comparison to our future realization. The past brought
us the message of suffering, sorrow, weakness, limitation, bondage and death.
Again, the soul's light, which is patience, will eventually conquer delusion,
illusion, temptation, limitation, everything undivine. God's Patience-
Light will conquer everything in and through us.
Sri Chinmoy (1931-1997)
From a speech delivered July 15, 1975
in the Chapel of the Church Center at the United Nations
Our real blessings often appear to us in the shape of pains, losses and
disappointments; but let us have patience and we soon shall
see them in their proper figures.
Joseph Addison (1672-1719)
English essayist, poet, dramatist and statesman
Learn the art of patience. Apply discipline to your
thoughts when they become anxious over the outcome of a
goal. Impatience breeds anxiety, fear, discouragement,
and failure. Patience creates confidence, decisiveness,
and a rational outlook, which eventually leads to success.
Patience and perseverance have a magical effect before which
difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish.
John Quincy Adams (1767-1848)
Sixth President of the United States
Have patience with all things, but chiefly have patience with yourself.
Do not lose courage in considering your own imperfections but
instantly set about remedying them - every day
begin the task anew.
St. Francis de Sales (1567-1622)
Bishop of Geneva
Be patient toward all that is unsolved in your heart.
And try to love the questions themselves.
Rainer Maria Rilke (1875-1926)
And now, the Last Word:
Have courage for the great sorrows of life
and patience for the small ones. And when
you have finished your daily task, go to
sleep in peace. God is awake.
Victor Hugo (1802-1885)
French poet and playwright
When you say a situation or a person is hopeless,
you are slamming the door in the face of God.
Charles L. Allen (1913-2005)
Methodist minister and columnist in Atlanta, GA