Dec 06 2013

Maya Angelou – Seek patience

Published by at 10:36 am under Poetry

Seek patience
by Maya Angelou

Seek patience
and passion
in equal amounts.

Patience alone
will not build the temple.

Passion alone
will destroy its walls.

/ Photo by Luizdesign /

The passing of Nelson Mandela is a huge event in the world. For me, as with so many of you, he was an important icon, a great soul who inspired me to be more in myself and strive for more in society.

The world was certainly blessed by the life of Nelson Mandela, a man of courage, brilliance, and dignity, who opened a pathway of healing, not only for the people of South Africa, but for all of us around the world. He gave us a vision of hope for the future.

With Madiba’s passing, we have received an invitation and a challenge: Can we, individually and collectively, step up and step through into a better, more just, more inclusive world? Will we strive against the forces of inertia and fear, meeting them with strength, tenacity, and heart? And can we yet do so with joy and a wide-open heart? Mandela’s life says to us, it can be done.

…One further thought: Every image of Mandela you are likely to see in the next few weeks is of the thin, gentle, aging sage, with his sparkling eyed smile. The image I’ve included is a variation of that same wise face. But do yourself a favor and search the Internet for photos of Mandela as a bearded young man. You can see a surprising strength of body supporting his strength of character. But you still might catch that sparkle in his eye too.

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2 Responses to “Maya Angelou – Seek patience”

  1. Shailaon 06 Dec 2013 at 12:49 pm

    Namaste Dear Ivan,

    So true! He raised the bar on what it is to be human in a profound manner!
    It is inspiring and daunting at the same time. How can we compare to such a
    life of grace, humility and profound impact? We are all here with the power of
    humanity as humans within us. The burning question is – are we maximizing our
    power of presence on this earth as human beings?

    Your quote for the day summed it all up well! Appreciate your presence dear
    Ivan and what you share of yourself for the benefit of all.

    In peace,


  2. Gregory Travison 10 Dec 2013 at 6:42 pm

    Thanks for another inspiring poem and Thought of the Day, Ivan! ( :

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