Elephant balancing on a beach-ball.

Balance Comes with Patience

There is balance in nature. I find peace there. I also find stress.

Through the years we have tried to create a backyard garden which expresses that natural balance.

We grow flowers throughout and have a small fenced in section where we attempt to grow vegetables.

The key word being "attempt."

Right outside our back door we have a small pond with ten gold fish and at least one frog.

At the far end of the property now sits our "H.O.P.E. House" our converted shed, where we can let go of life and express our love of it through art and music.

Sounds pretty snooty doesn't it?

Okay, we have paint and colored pencils along with XM radio, a hand drum and a ukulele. Balance.

It is the area of the pond that has given me much stress.

Our frog disappeared. This has happened before. One day we had a frog, another day we had four. Then none.

This year we only had one and it took off. My real fear was that a local cat ate it. That fear was supported by the fact that it was gone for months and so I feared it was consumed.

My routine everyday is to feed the birds, the fish and talk to the frog.

No frog, no balance.

"Have you seen froggie?" my wife and I would ask each other.

Then yesterday I discovered it sitting on the edge of the pond.

"Where were you?" I asked. "Everyday I came out looking for you and you were nowhere to be found."

Okay, some of you find this strange. But I talk to plants, too.

Well, that doesn't make things any better, does it?

I brought my wife down to see froggie and she scolded it, too.

I shook my head in frustration.

"Why did it take so long for it to comeback this time?" I said.

Then I looked closer. I wish I had my camera because if you can't believe I talk to trees and frogs, you wouldn't believe this.

Its reply was clear. It was sitting on a small rock we placed along the edge of the pond that said "Patience."

It was right near, "Peace," "Hope" and "Joy."

I've heard it said, "Balance comes with "Patience."

"I believe in You!"
~ Bob Perks ~
[ by: Bob Perks Copyright © 2009 (2believe@comcast.net) -- {used with permission} ]

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