In December 2014, I purchased a glass painting at the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C. with the quote from Chief Phil Lane, Jr., which you can see above. Although I gave the painting as a gift to someone, this saying kept coming back to me. So intensely that I have begun to see, recognize, and live for myself the wisdom of the ‘sacred turtle’ in my personal world.
Especially in difficult life situations, this realization has helped me to gain tremendous confidence for whatever may come.
From fall 2015 to summer 2019 I had to cope with some difficult situations in my life and there were many moments when I cried and felt a lot of pain, that’s when I started to call the spirit of the turtle to support me.
A fascinating animal, this turtle – since about 220 million years there are turtles on our planet, because they have an extremely great adaptability and highly developed sensory abilities.
These are abilities that are also required from us humans more than ever – especially in this time of uncertainty, ambiguity, volatility and disorientation. By enduring and persevering during the pandemic, we have all had the opportunity to practice patience and adaptability – even if it was and still is really difficult at times.
Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach (1830-1916) once said:
“Whoever says patience, says courage, endurance, strength.”
JU’s 3 questions of the month 👇
👉Was there a situation, an experience in your life where your patience was extremely challenged, and you were able to come out of it stronger?
👉How do you manage to tame your impatience in everyday life?
👉Patience and inner strength are the foundations for the development of life, says the ‘Holy Turtle’ – what do you associate with this wisdom?
👩🏻🇹🇷🇮🇹🇦🇹 Zeynep Öztürk Girstmair
What a refreshing, cheerful woman has been living next door to me for five years 😇 along with her ‘awesome husband Florian’. Zeynep is from Istanbul, studied Communication Science, is currently studying business administration at the University of Vienna and works part-time as an office manager. In her free time, she loves to take pictures, paint with oil paints, travel, play PC-games and shoot with bow and arrow – I admire Zeynep for her talent for languages, beauty, warmth and courage.
👩🏻 🇻🇪🇦🇹🇺🇸 Angela De Sousa
In October 2019, Angela and I stood side by side on stage as finalists at the end of the Kolbe Conference costume competition. Though none of us won the competition that day, we both surely won a friendship in Phoenix that day!
We soon found out that Angela used to live in Vienna, and we were already connected. As a result, we met several times on ZOOM minding the gap across the oceans – Angela is originally from Venezuela and lives with her husband, children & step-children in South Florida from where she transforms people’s lives around the globe as, a bilingual, Speaker, Coach & Entrepreneur’s Mentor (https://dynamicgrowth.coach ) she loves to empower, motivate and inspire people to leverage their strengths so they can reach their goals and create a life plan they enjoy living and leading in.
Her hobbies are traveling, spending quality time with family and friends, dancing and co-creating. What I appreciate about Angela is her sunny, inspiring, open and direct manner – she is a real power woman, conscious leader and motivational artist.
👩🏻🦱 🇨🇿🇩🇪Gabriela Spengler-Hluchnik
Gabriela and I met in the fall of 2018 at the Grandmother Turtle Center in Vienna, where our joint training journey to become a ‘Spiritual Healer’ began.
Gabriela lived in a communist system for 22 years and fled what was then Czechoslovakia via Yugoslavia to Germany in 1986 – .. “I fled with only what I had on, a shoulder bag and with a baby in my belly, with no language skills except for a handful of words in German.” Gabriela is a trained nurse and has also completed training as a certified pharmaceutical representative.
Her hobbies include Nordic walking and cycling – Gabriela spends a lot of time around the house and/ or in the garden or taking care of her family, dogs and cats.
I admire Gabriela for her determination, her willingness to learn, her big heart, for her beauty, her writing talent and for her commitment in many areas.
Yes, my biggest challenge with patience was the time when I had to wait for my residence permit. I had nothing else to do for a whole year, except waiting. I had no official home, job, study. My entire life was on hold, in the hands of a person, who didn’t even see me as a person. It was also the biggest challenge for me, against racism.
After 12 months and not having any control about my own life, I learned that calmness pays off. I learned how to be patient; with a little bit trust and help from the people who care.
On my everyday life I am rather impatient. I get frustrated when something I want doesn’t happen quickly. About the things that only affect me, I just feel like a rabbit that jumps and jumps and jumps! I just love the change way too much to wait for it!
But I learned that patience is the key when doing anything that involves anybody else. Everybody has their own tempo and own preferences. When I remember that people are going through their own stuff (positive or negative), and that it is rarely personal about me, I don’t get easily frustrated and it even enhances our communication.
I think patience lets you see the right moments and the inner strength lets you take the necessary steps on those right moments. Patience without courage is just waiting. Time is the most precious thing. It goes even faster with every moment. It would be a waste of time to just wait for that perfect moment to arrive. But with courage to carry on, to keep on, to work patiently and passionately towards what we desire, now that’s a life to have.