I can remember as far back as a kindergartener, hearing my mother, father, siblings, friends, and teachers, telling me, or writing in the margins of a report card, “Slow Down.”
On many occasions throughout my life, I was told I need to develop and hopefully discover some patience.
“Slow down,” is the repetitive word I knew more than anything throughout my life.


After I retired, I discovered calendars I used detailing my daily life activities for work, family, community and the various other extracurricular activities I had scheduled.

There on my kitchen table were fifteen – twenty years of my life scheduled into the calendars where I inked detailed information. Yet, as I stared at the days weeks and months. The only memories I could somewhat recall were birthdays and some holidays.


I do remember older wiser family members and friends regularly preaching and advising me to slow down and not rush through my life. Looking over the calendars of my life, I realized and understood I honestly never savored the memories to enjoy my life.

There are poignant moments in life when self-reflection provokes that wrinkle in your forehead revealing the incubated wisdom within yourself.


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By Expedition Nomadic Adventurer

As a retiree travel blogger touring the US, voicing my wisdom, opinion, and thoughts about the retirement lifestyle and life in general. I'm an aspiring pre-published indie author of baby boomer romance and adventures with a whimsical comedic side. I photograph wildlife and landscapes, mountain, biking, kayaking, hiking, and backpacking. I travel the back roads and highways of America, Canada, and Mexico, documenting my adventures via print and photography.

8 thoughts on ““The wisdom of patience.””
  1. 👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻😘

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  2. I remember being told the same things, and like you I am now retired, thank got I did slow down. Now I’m telling others.

    1. I was so blessed to have elders who recognized and tried to correct my condition of speeding through life. 🙂

      1. Speeding is the right word as time passes to fast. Even though I live in the slow lane.

  3. Your final words in this post are positively quotable, Marty!
    (But before I arrived there, I was reminded of the old adage “haste makes waste.”)

    1. Hey, now that’s a quotable phrase, I have not heard in years. 🙂

  4. Yes let’s not rush in every aspect of our lives.
    Savor moments and build the memories!

  5. lovely post! thanks for sharing

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