Literary Inspiration - 26th November 2008

“Patience serves as a protection against wrongs as clothes do against cold. For if you put on more clothes as the cold increases, it will have no power to hurt you. So in like manner you must grow in patience when you meet with great wrongs, and they will be powerless to vex your mind.”

Leonardo Da Vinci

Leonardo Da Vinci isn't the first person to leap to mind when you think of writers - he's far more renowned for his brilliant painting abilities and to a certain extent, his technology. I went to a brilliant exhibition in Christchurch earlier this year called "Da Vinci's Machines: The inventions and designs of a genius". In true Renaissance Man tradition, however, Da Vinci was also a fanatical observer of nature and human life, writing screeds of journal work in mirror script. I like the thought of having a Renaissance attitude - learning about everything that fascinates you, rather than just fitting inside the box.

I have huge patience problems. I don't mind admitting that. I want the whole enchilada and I want it right now! I think that's part of the reason that I'm a meticulous planner (I'm now wondering whether that's why the women in the gift shop asked if I was a Virgo) - if I can't have it now, I want to know exactly when I'm going to have it. I do need to chill out some times though - appreciate that not everyone has the same driven inner time line as I do. And I'm definitely going to have to learn patience before I start sprogging any little doodles. I think what's important to learn is that patience has a time and place - as Leonardo says, when you need it to deflect the pain against wrongs. Be patient after a break up, that the guy who is worthwhile will come at the right time. Don't be patient when it comes to seizing the good stuff though - run out there and grab it with both hands!


  1. I have massive patience problems too, mostly to do with my long-term goals - they're far too long-term for me! I have at least 3 years more studying until I can start my chosen career and even then, I'll be training for a couple of years, and I find that very hard to deal with sometimes!

  2. Ahhh Scribbles. For the last hour or so I have been wallowing in my singledom and that fact that it has been close to two years of no loving for me, but you are so right, I really just need to be patient and wait for something great to come along. I have been good with reminding me of the vertues of paitence but tonight I had one of those moments and so to read your post was great!

  3. I'm not good with patience either, as you can probably tell. And people tend to assume I'm a Virgo, too! :P

  4. @ All my lovely girls,

    Hrmm maybe we should create a "I want it all and I want it now" support group. It's nice to know that I'm not the only one that struggles with this.

    @Alla in particular, I have a post next Monday that you might find useful.