The Making of Patience

The best things in life always seem to tax my patience.

This past weekend, my mother-in-law and sister-in-law came from Alaska. You might think we spent our visit kicking back, but if you know the Englands, you know they’re too energetic for that!

Instead, we built a new bathroom in the 128-year-old house Nathan and I are restoring. We also cooked. And I did some really productive writing.

All three activities take time. Lots and lots of time.

Nathan and I moved into our home fourteen months ago. Since then, the original siding and wood floors have reappeared after decades under ugly facades. We’ve redone the electrical. Transformed the kitchen. Swapped windows and added insulation. Yet there’s still a ton to do.

On the cooking side, a gourmet meal may not take fourteen months, but it does take hours. And compared to ten minutes spent eating it, that’s a lot of slicing, dicing, boiling, and baking.

The same goes for creativity. A good story isn’t born overnight. It’s hours, months, sometimes years in the making. I’ve got works-in-progress even now that make me think, “Why can’t this get written faster?”

Yes, the best things in life do tax my patience.

But at the end, I’m always glad I waited.

And that’s when I realized: the journey of making is its own reward. In our fast-food, HOV-lane, Instagram culture, we sacrifice the pleasure of the in-between for the anxiety of the immediate. The best things in life take time, and waiting is all they ask in return.

So toss me a hammer. Hand me a pairing knife. And while you’re at it, fire up my laptop.

There are good things to be made. And time’s a-wastin’.

4 thoughts on “The Making of Patience

  1. Good morning Lisa…I love hearing and seeing your new home. I know this must be an awesome project for you and Nathan to take on. You are an amazing lady. How is your Mom.
    Love, Joyce Hall


    • Thank you so much, Joyce! It’s fun sharing the journey here. 🙂 So many people have said, “Hey, I’ve never gotten to see a picture of the house before now!” I guess I forget to post them usually. LOL. My mom is doing well and staying busy with work at the clinic and managing many activities at her church. How are you and yours?


  2. Hi Lisa, You will always stay close to my heart, such as it is at 83. I remember our first meeting through emails, and following your journey to where you are today. I have loved every minute of iit. With your encouragement I joined LinkedIn, joined a group of historians studying WWI, and found a Welshman whose grandfather died at Third Passchendaele where my aunt, Nurse Helen served. He is interested in new WWI books and rewriting for tablets like Kindle. I have llearned how to burn a DVD, so slowly taking advantage of opportunities. Love and thanks to you,Lisa. Nelle Fairchild Rote


    • Nelle! So fantastic to reconnect after all this time!!! Wouldn’t it be fantastic to see Nurse Helen’s story on Kindle? I hope that works out. ^_^ Thanks to the encouragement of people like you, I’m still writing. I can’t believe how many years it’s been. I would love to chat more with you and hear what you’re up to! Send me an email anytime —


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