As some of you may know, my sister Elizabeth (a Cortina alum and Creighton ’11 graduate) is currently living in Nicaragua with the Cap Corps post-graduate volunteering program. She has been there since August and works with the social worker in the town police department, as well as reading/interacting with local children after school. Elizabeth has been blogging throughout the experience (elizabethschroer.blogspot.com) to keep family and friends updated with the opportunities and stories that fill her everyday life. One of my favorite posts, titled “Zealous Patience,” struck a chord with myself and many of my friends. Here’s a little excerpt from the post to get you thinking:
“Last week was crazy busy, but I started my work week with a little self-care; spiritual direction with Sr. Dianne, a nun from Louisiana who has been in Nicaragua for almost 20 years. I basically spent the entire morning opening up to her about many of my struggles with being in Nicaragua and so far from home/family. I felt a sense of relief in verbally expressing my feelings (I am journaling every night still!), and really appreciated her faith-filled wisdom. I went away from our meeting in search of “zealous patience”.. sounds a little contradictory, but you could say it’s wanting something so bad that you’re willing to wait for it. I pray that I will soon feel that reassurance that I am following God’s will in serving abroad for so long, but perhaps ’embracing the impotence’ is all part of the process and in fact the true meaning of solidarity with the poor.”
I feel that this sense of zealous patience is so relatable to each and every one of us. Whether it be graduation, turning 21, finding or rediscovering your faith, or achieving a personal goal, we each have to be patient in all that we do. Learn to trust yourself. Never be afraid to ’embrace the impotence’ and ask for courage or strength. Always carry a sense of happiness, confidence, and self worth.
Just as Ralph Marston said, “The keys to patience are acceptance and faith. Accept things as they are, and look realistically at the world around you. Have faith in yourself and in the direction you have chosen.”