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Are you any good at it?


They say patience is a virtue. And surely it must be. Waiting is not that easy. Ever been in a really slow bank or sat in a car waiting to pick up a friend or relative? Actually have you ever felt a crisis coming on if a webpage took more than a second to load? And that’s the easy kind of waiting. Try waiting for the right person to come into your life or waiting for your career to align with your purpose. Now you’re talking about patience that requires endurance. I read a quote from Joyce Meyer that said “Patience is not an ability to wait, but the ability to keep a good attitude while waiting.” Got you thinking, right? So, when it comes to patience, are you any good at it?

I love a good meme. I saw one the other day of a man in a business suit, kneeling and praying “Lord, please give me the patience…cause if you give me the strength…I’ll also need a new identity and a one way ticket to a non-extraditing country.” Yes, you get the joke that often without patience we can erupt and say and do things we surely may regret.

I think being patient and keeping a good attitude while at it may be a tad easier if we consider how others have been patient with us and those we love. If you’re a mother, imagine the teacher of your child losing her patience if your child just doesn’t understand the lesson being taught. You’d want that teacher, to show compassion and patience with your son or daughter rather than the opposite.

I could go on with simple everyday examples such as a store salesperson politely assisting you even as you change your mind on your purchase for the seventeenth time to deeper ones such as a spouse sticking by a husband or wife with an addiction problem. Remembering how others have been patient with us should inspire us to pay it forward. It’s also more like paying ourselves, when we learn to be patient with others it builds character that allows us to be patient with ourselves.

Being patient does not equate to waiting around in senseless situations, rather it’s about allowing the discipline that it requires bring you the peace that may elude you on an everyday basis.

Today, have a little patience!

Written by Jenevie Phillip – She is a science and management graduate with research interests in cancer.

Interview

Interview

Maternova – Saving Mothers and Newborns


Many of you may be surprised to know that childbirth is the leading cause of death among women of childbearing age in the developing world, where access to basic maternal & care for newborns is limited or non-existent. Photo: Meg Wirth (L),Founder of Maternova and Allyson Cote (R),VP

Today I am speaking with Allyson Cote, the Vice President of Maternova, a wholly-owned, women-run start up company that has built the first global marketplace, innovation incubator and collaboration platform dedicated to improving maternal and newborn health.

It is quite pleasing to see more and more that technology is playing a key role and is opening access to avenues that were once closed. I am encouraged to see women using Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) to take on humanity’s challenges.

For more information


Maternova. www.maternova.net

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How ‘bout some peace.


“Peace is the result of retraining your mind to process life as it is, rather than as you think it should be.” ~ Dr. Wayne Dyer.

That sentence may be a glass half filled for some and a glass half empty for others. Some may see it as a statement telling you “Hey it’s ok to settle” and some may see it as a hall pass encouraging you to live the life you imagined.

I’m happy to say that when I first read that quote I smiled because it brought lots of positivity my way – the glass was half full!

I believe that Dr. Dyer’s quote is simply saying that when you can stop struggling, judging, fearing and wandering throughout your everyday life you can be at peace. You can be at peace knowing that where you were before doesn’t dictate where you will be in the future and neither does your situation today predict with testifiable certainty your situation tomorrow.

Appreciating being in a place of ‘in between’ isn’t easy. It requires work. Out of a job with no positive leads as you continue to search? In a job and wondering how long before you implode? In a relationship that’s going nowhere fast? Dating yourself for so long that you have couple’s talk with yourself? Whatever is your meantime situation, staying positive doesn’t always come naturally. Processing life as it is can help though.

When you process life as it is you appreciate everything that’s good, you see the breakthroughs you have made, the progress you’ve accomplished however small. Processing life as it is means not thinking about what it would be like to walk in another person’s shoes and then decide that someone robbed you of those very shoes. It’s realising that you get to do the best you can do in the very moment and if you fail you get to try again in the very next. You hold on to your goals, work towards them all the while blessing the life you have instead of cursing it. I know. Everyday isn’t a peachy day. Some days you may be a selfish quagmire. Forgive yourself if you are. Push on in being thankful anyway! But, the next time you start to think about how crappy things are for you, start subtracting things you take for granted. Literally take them out of your life….food that you eat from your parent’s kitchen, your eyesight that allows you to see all that isn’t perfect, a mobile phone that you use to complain, family and friends who drive you nuts sometimes. Immediately you want those things back.

Everyday may not be a peachy day but today how about being your own cheer team.

Today appreciate all that is good in your life and recognise that that which is bad doesn’t define you. Smile at yourself today, you’re awesome because you are you.

Keep Accomplishing!

Written by Jenevie Phillip – She is a science and management graduate with research interests in cancer.

Interview

Interview

Camille Alleyne: From a childhood in Trinidad to an amazing career in space technology & education


As a little girl growing up on the isle of Trinidad & Tobago, sitting on her dad’s car trunk gazing at the stars and at a world beyond. Camille, being unusually prescient at a young age, funnelled her curiosity for the stars and space into hard work on her school girl math and science.

This has led to a career at NASA, a stint as an Assistant Programme Scientist for the International Space Station at Johnson Space Center, a passion for education and making a difference, especially with young girls, and a Phd. in education just weeks away, and her own international foundation educating young women in the study of math, science and technology.

What an amazing story of accomplishment!

For more information


The Brightest Stars Foundation. www.brighteststarsfoundation.org

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