Is This A Joke?


“As a rule, man’s a fool. When it’s hot, he wants cool. And when it’s cool, he wants hot. Always wanting what is not.”

Patience and Contentment.  These two words appear back-to-back on the candles I burned yesterday and today. When I drew patience, I had to laugh. If my mother said it once, she said it 1000 times:  “Patience is a virtue.” A virtue I didn’t ever have until about a year ago. And trust me, I am NOT St. Izzie of Coolville.  Patience about most everything escapes me daily. Experience tells me that stepping back and taking a deep breath or ten is exceedingly less stressful than jumping to conclusions, wearing the floors thin by pacing back and forth, worrying about the 99.9-percent of life that is out of my control. Ok, so patience and I are a work in progress. Rah!

“If you add a little to a little, and then do it again, soon that little will be much.” (Hesiod)

Contentment. Don’t seem to hear a lot about that. But I sure like it. My definition, via The Eagles’ song, is “a peaceful, easy feeling”. When I consider the very serious issues my friends and family face on a daily basis, I should be Mayor of Blissed Out. And I do feel contentment much more now. Reality bites enormous chunks out of our collective asses on a regular basis. Victims mourn the loss; survivors heal and move on down the road. Just sayin’.

So, no, patience and contentment in the same sentence would not be a joke. Good for a long brain munch, but no joke. And, damn it all, I WANT to be Patient and Content RIGHT THIS INSTANT or I will be devastated and throw myself in the garbage. JUST KIDDING!

Guilty as charged: I have no patience with purposely dumb. The phrase, “She needs to change her oil filter” flies out of my mouth more often than “thank you“. So, with divine intervention, I will utter, “She needs to clean her lint trap“, less and be more patient will dull blades, content with the fact that people everywhere think I’m dumber than dirt.  And so it goes.


*Am NOT dumber than dirt about everything, just finances, relationships and that kind of stuff.

15 thoughts on “Is This A Joke?

  1. Hahaha, I have a blog post written for today about patience…we are, I believe on the same page on this one. Love it!!!! 🙂

  2. She’s a few fries short of a Happy Meal. That one’s my favorite.

  3. Great post! I sure can use some patience right now about something… Have a lovely weekend!

  4. I am often not the shiniest penny in the pond myself, but then again, that way I don’t hafta worry about getting tarnished, now do I? Tres’ liberating. For shizzle.


  5. I’m not great with patience, but have a lot more patience now than I did before we had kids.

  6. “Dumb” is not a word I would ever associate with you, Izzie!

    I have no patience for stupid people either, although they’re good for entertainment purposes sometimes!

    Wishing you contentment!


  7. Fantastic post! I’ve run in those “Don’t pray for patience” circles and would seize up when I heard the comment. Now I think, “How ludicrous that sounds.”

    Who needs to pray for patience when, as you so aptly wrote, “Reality bites enormous chunks out of our collective asses on a regular basis.” We need to pray for a few of life’s cushions to come along. You, my friend, are definitely one of them. Wow, Izzie, that is one fantastic line I will never forget!

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