Patience Always Wins ~ Be a Tortoise, Not a Hare! ~ by John Hansen

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  1. Misbah786 profile image87
    Misbah786posted 11 months ago

    Please take sometime to read John's beautiful poem in response to Brenda's week 44 word prompt, 'Patience'. He has also included two of his previous poems/articles on the same topic. I am sure you will also enjoy reading it as much as I did.

    Here's the link to his lovely hub:
    https://hubpages.com/literature/Patienc … Not-a-Hare

    Thank you so much!! smile

    1. ChitrangadaSharan profile image92
      ChitrangadaSharanposted 11 months agoin reply to this

      Hello John!
      Excellent response to the word prompt, Patience. I enjoyed reading your well crafted poems.
      Some thoughtful references by you, especially with respect to the fast paced modern World. The reference to the pandemic is so appropriate.
      I liked your title as well. Thank you for sharing your words of wisdom in your well written article.
      Thank you Misbah for sharing John’s work.

      1. Jodah profile image90
        Jodahposted 11 months agoin reply to this

        Hello Chitrangada. Your comments always uplift me. I am glad you found my references appropriate and liked my title as well as the poems. Thank you, and take care.

  2. Misbah786 profile image87
    Misbah786posted 11 months ago

    John, I enjoyed reading all of your wonderful poems. A very interesting and delightful read as always. You are so right about Covid. I think maybe it has stayed with us for so long to teach us patience. Barcelona is once again under curfew from 12 am to 6 am  because of Omicron. I'm hoping it'll be over soon.

    Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful hubs. I enjoyed reading them all.

    Stay well and happy. Happy new year in advance smile
    Blessings always!!

    1. Jodah profile image90
      Jodahposted 11 months agoin reply to this

      Hello Misbah. Thank you so much for sharing this. I am always pleased when you enjoy my poetry, and appreciate you reading the other poems I linked to as well. Today we have the first case of COVID recorded in our town. Have a Blessed New Year.

      1. Misbah786 profile image87
        Misbah786posted 11 months agoin reply to this

        You are most welcome smile
        Stay well and happy!!

        1. surovi99 profile image81
          surovi99posted 11 months agoin reply to this

          A very awesome poem based on Brenda's prompt, "Patience", reminding us of the moral line of the hare and tortoise story. I enjoyed reading it this afternoon. Thank you so much, John.

          Thanks to Misbah for posting John's article.

          1. Jodah profile image90
            Jodahposted 11 months agoin reply to this

            Thank you for reading and your kind comment, Rosina. Every time I think of patience it reminds me of the tortoise and the hare story. So I had to incorporate that.

      2. Carb Diva profile image94
        Carb Divaposted 11 months agoin reply to this

        John, like you I can be a patient person; I recognize that "stuff happens." There can be unexpected interruptions or delays. But this COVID thing is pushing that virtue out of my grasp. I just want to be able to be with all of my loved ones again.

        Thank you for sharing your thoughts as only you can. Stay well and safe. I wish you a blessed New Year.

        1. Jodah profile image90
          Jodahposted 11 months agoin reply to this

          Hello Linda, I think the COVID situation is trying everyone’s patience. It has finally reached our little town after two years, and is now too close to home. I guess we had been building a false sense of security and now we getting a bit nervous and on edge. Visiting loved ones and vice versa looks like being on indefinite hold. Just got to try and stay patient though. A blessed New Year to you also,

  3. billybuc profile image87
    billybucposted 11 months ago

    Without a doubt I am a tortoise and yes, I've won my share of races.

    As far as COVID goes, I'm reminded of an old cartoon I saw once....it's a one-frame of a vulture, and the caption is "Patience my ass! I'm going to kill something!

    1. Brenda Arledge profile image82
      Brenda Arledgeposted 11 months agoin reply to this

      Bill...
      I love the cartoon caption.

    2. Jodah profile image90
      Jodahposted 11 months agoin reply to this

      It is always good to meet a fellow tortoise, Bill. I do feel like that vulture at times though lately. Have a great New Year anyway.

  4. Brenda Arledge profile image82
    Brenda Arledgeposted 11 months ago

    Thanks Misbah...
    I will finish reading this one in a few.

    It looks great.

  5. Brenda Arledge profile image82
    Brenda Arledgeposted 11 months ago

    John...
    Forgive me, but I think I wrote a book as I was reviewing this one.

    You give us some sound advice in the beginning of your article.

    If we're facing something negative or scary, sit a spell ~ take a moment to ourselves.
    If our mind veers towards negative thoughts, make a conscious effort to think positive.
    Get back into the right frame of mind.

    That picture is so cute with the tortoise & the hare.

    "Patience Always Wins ~ Be a Tortoise Not a Hare!" Reminds us to take our time.
    Don't worry if we're running late.
    It's not the end of the world.

    But honestly...I've never heard a date say take your time when you are running late.
    Maybe this poem will be the start of something new. 

    I know I could use it.  I think I'm the slowest person to get ready sometimes...
    Other days I run faster than a horse in a race.

    You are so right about Covid-19.

    It's like we are living in a Science Fiction Movie...
    I wish it was just a movie and not our new reality.

    Every day, I learn of someone who has either caught the virus or has passed away from it.
    It seems to be getting worse and not better.

    I'm getting a little bit anxious & losing my patience also.

    I've been vaccinated, except for Booster shot which I will get soon.
    I was supposed to have it yesterday, but had to cancel...but I find myself daunting my favorite new apparel...A Mask.
    (After months of not using one)

    "Road Rage, a Semi-Satirical Poem" describes how we can easily lose patience when dealing with other drivers.

    "Micro-Poem ~ The Art of Patience" is a cute little poem.

    It shows that one has  patience now & they'll need patience later when they wait on you.

    Great work on this word prompt.   

    I'll post a link in the word prompt article

    1. Jodah profile image90
      Jodahposted 11 months agoin reply to this

      Brenda, your comment could almost be an article in itself haha, but I appreciate it. I don’t think I have ever said take as much time as you need to get ready for a date either. I hate being late for anything. That part is fiction…right!
      Glad you liked the picture of the tortoise snd the hare and other poems I included.
      We had a false sense of security in my little town as we had been COVID free up until now, but the recent opening of our State borders and easing of restrictions in southern states has but an end to that. We are under mandatory mask wearing and have to sign in and produce proof of vaccination at most venues. No hope of visiting family now. So, if anything is trying my patience it is this damn virus.
      Thank you for posting a link on the word prompt article. Happy New Year.

      1. Brenda Arledge profile image82
        Brenda Arledgeposted 11 months agoin reply to this

        John
        Sorry to hear you cannot visit family & the mandate has been brought back.

        Here it hasn't been brought back yet, but I look for it after the new year begins.

        Unfortunately, I think they are waiting so everyone can have successful business venues on New Year's Eve.

        The covid here is out of hand again.
        Many people are meeting their maker.

        Ron hates to be late for anything too.
        As for me...I've always been told I would be late for my own funeral.

        I'll keep you in my thoughts and hope your patience stays in check.

        Take care.

        1. Jodah profile image90
          Jodahposted 11 months agoin reply to this

          Brenda, we are allowed to travel but with the explosion of new cases  I don’t want to risk visiting the city. I also have one son in Brisbane who refuses to get vaccinated.

          1. Brenda Arledge profile image82
            Brenda Arledgeposted 11 months agoin reply to this

            John
            I can understand you not wanting to travel.   I've been wearing masks when I have to go out to the store for the same reason.

            I dread going to any nearby cities right now, but even more so...the doctors office or hospital.

            We had to go to Emergency Room the other night, and as luck would have it...there was an active covid case..

            I'm so hoping that little mask protected us.

            Sorry to hear that your son isn't vaccinated.  This virus doesn't seem to cares who it attacks.

  6. Peggy W profile image94
    Peggy Wposted 11 months ago

    Hi John,

    I think that the pandemic is trying everyone's patience.  We must remember that pandemics have happened in the past, and will undoubtedly occur in the future.  Despite all of our advances in society, those viruses are mighty!  Let's all do our part to help get over this latest one, and in the meantime, breathe!  Wishing you and everyone better days ahead.  Thanks Misbah for sharing John's work with us.

    1. Jodah profile image90
      Jodahposted 11 months agoin reply to this

      Hi Peg, thank you for reading and for your wise advice. Pandemics have come and gone before, so lets just hope the same happens with this one. We should only worry about what we can control and still need to get on with our lives as best we can. Let’s hope this New Year is a better one for all moving forward.

      1. Brenda Arledge profile image82
        Brenda Arledgeposted 11 months agoin reply to this

        John
        That's the ticket...only worry about what we can control.

        It may not seem like much, but it's what we can do...
        Then leave it all alone...
        We will get through this.

        1. Jodah profile image90
          Jodahposted 10 months agoin reply to this

          Yes, we will get through this Brenda. We just have to do all we can to keep ourselves as safe as possible.

    2. Brenda Arledge profile image82
      Brenda Arledgeposted 11 months agoin reply to this

      Peggy
      You are right...this old world has seen pandemics before...i just so hope this one leaves before too long.

  7. Pamela99 profile image89
    Pamela99posted 11 months ago

    I could not agree with you more about this virus, John. I am sick of mandates as they aren't working, so even that tries my patience. We finally have some treatments for the virus but they are not talked bout much. I am normally a very patient person. LOL!

    As for your poems, they are a joy to read, as always. I really like your pictures also as they are all fitting to the subject.

    Thank you for posting this article, Misbah.

    1. Jodah profile image90
      Jodahposted 11 months agoin reply to this

      Thank you for reading this, Pamela. I am impatient because everything the authorities have done so far in regards to the virus seems to be for nothing. Mandates, restrictions, vaccines, and it is still raging out of control and getting worse. We must have to hope and pray (and be patient lol) that some miracle is around the corner.
      I am glad you enjoyed these poems and illustrations. Bless you and stay safe.

  8. janshares profile image95
    jansharesposted 11 months ago

    Lovely, accurate, and all-encompassing summation of our world, John. Your poem addresses human behavior before, during and surely after COVID. I updated my poem article on patience, written almost ten years ago! I'm working on another one, too. I hope you find it in your feed.

  9. Brenda Arledge profile image82
    Brenda Arledgeposted 10 months ago

    So who is faster...
    The tortoise or the hare?

    1. Jodah profile image90
      Jodahposted 10 months agoin reply to this

      Another good discussion starter. It isn’t really a case of who is faster, but who is in front at the end of the race. A lot of things can happen between the start and finish.

      1. Brenda Arledge profile image82
        Brenda Arledgeposted 10 months agoin reply to this

        John
        So true.

        Good things come to those who wait.

        So even if we are slow like the tortoise we just might win the race.

        We might touch the importance of life's values instead of rushing each moment away.

 
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