Patience Is A Virtue


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I’m back at the TA in Maybrook NY again this evening on my way back to Maine. I should arrive in Bangor sometime tomorrow afternoon. I’m taking the weekend off to go visit my mom and to pick up the dingy that is part of my boat purchase so I can restore it over the next few weekends. This will take the place of the canoe I was going to buy for my camping trips before this deal presented itself.

IMG_9197 (Large)After another disappointing meal, I should know better by now, I took Vinny for a walk around the truck stop. Poor old guy, he’s at his max dose of pain meds and his tumors are really showing now. I’m not sure how much longer I should keep him going. I guess as long as he’s still happy and playful, still able to get up on his own then his quality of life is still good.

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As we walk around on the freshly cut grass I remind myself that patience is a virtue. I’m almost there, in the grand scheme of things, almost living the life I want. Though it’s been a long road to date, the shadow that has lingered over my steps is beginning to be overcome by a radiant light. This light comes from hard work and never giving up on ones dreams, it comes from patience.

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The signs that lead the way have always been there, but the shadow was too dark, my vision obscured. I failed to understand how much effort is needed to achieve a lasting peace, so fooled was I with the false hope of easy this or that put forth by modern media. The best things in life take time, lots of time. I wish I had thought of these things earlier.

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As I sit here in my truck, the days miles behind me, I understand the view through my windshield is only temporary, a fleeting moment that will soon fade into my memory. In it’s place will be days of adventure and wonder, nights of peaceful slumber. Meeting like minded people instead of those still blinded by the pursuit of money. Sharing beautiful vistas and scary moments with those who wish to see through my eyes, feel what I feel. All you need is a little patience, and I’ll take you there.

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26 thoughts on “Patience Is A Virtue

  1. You will get there, without a doubt. Poor Vinny looks a good match with Harry at the moment. He’s a bucket head right now and on a course of meds, feeling very sorry for himself. Lovely pics here.

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  2. You are marching with such purpose now. No more self-doubt. Do you hear that faint whisper? It’s your father calling you on. Telling you how proud he is of you. Telling you he always knew you would get there. Telling you he is with you every step of the way. And Vinny. I am crying. This won’t surprise you. He will tell you when this road is ended for him. He will ask you to let him go. It will be in his eyes. But when he goes it will be to the place your father has reserved for him. To walk with him, in you forever and enjoy those views, those adventures, those moments of gasping danger and those moments of carefree happiness together eternally. That is the nature of true love.

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      1. If I could be with you, please know that I would. But let’s not despatch the old beauty till his time. Let’s celebrate his living and make the most of every squillianth of a second you have together on this earth. Know that I am thinking of you, my friend. And give him an ear rub from me and tell him his friend across the ocean, The Bean, is sending her strength to him … and she may be small but she is very very feisty 💪🏻

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  3. You’re “posts” always bring a smile to my face.. you have a super attitude and your words just fall into place… a natural writer that I really enjoy reading.. safe travels home to this beautiful State of Maine!

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  4. I am so sorry about Vinny.. We are looking anxiously at Toffee who has a limp from her arthritis. Our little companions break our hearts but give us so much in their short time on earth. Give Vinny a gentle kiss from me. K x

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  5. I’m actually further behind than this in my reading 😕
    I’ve only tried to keep current from last month..
    Vinny is a good boy.. You’ll know when the time comes 💛

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      1. Do me a favor, when that time passes.. Take the private moments you need but then ask someone who doesn’t “need” to fill silence with rambling on, out for coffee just to sit with someone who understands.. If I’m around, you can count on me..

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