What Cowlicks & Patience Have in Common

Alfalfa and I have one thing in common – the cowlick.

Mine is just left of the center of my forward (that’s left for me, right for you.)

My cowlick dictates where my hair parts and the overall direction of my hairstyle.  I’ve tried to work against it, but it’s fruitless.  It’s a part of me and for nearly 35 years I’ve been trying to learn to work with it.

I’ve found some assistance in managing this little nemesis.  Great styling products and a professional flat iron help quite a bit, but they don’t make it go away.  They just help me maintain some semblance of control.

I also have some inner cowlicks – those things about my character that while I can manage a bit better with increased self-awareness and the grace of God, the odds of them going away completely this side of heaven are pretty slim.

Patience for instance.  I’m horribly impatient. I remember my Dad gently telling me when I was a child that I needed to learn to be more patient.  I’m afraid to say I haven’t made much progress on his one.

“Whoever is patient has great understanding, but one who is quick-tempered displays folly.”  Proverbs 14:29

“Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.”  Colossians 3:12

What inner cowlicks do you battle?

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  • Heidi January 18, 2011  

    Definately my stuttering. I control it alot like you control your cowlick, but it’s something I have to consciently think about all the time.

    Also, diving in the deep end too fast. I love to dive into projects and be visionary and worker at all at once. But sometimes that does not allow me to look at ALL the aspects of what going around me. Where maybe I went too fast….

    ** I am so thankful that my computer likes your site now… hallelujah for *my end technology*

  • Heidi January 18, 2011  

    oops there’s my widget!

    • Kat Davis January 18, 2011  

      Wow – this is a great post, Jenni! Mine is definitely mercy – I don’t have a lot of patience or empathy for people who don’t tackle their situations head on – to the point that sometimes compassion and the kindnesses that go along with it go right out the window. To me, if you have a problem – and you know what to do – or how to find out what to do, then fix it and move on. Sometimes not allowing time and space when dealing with things really prevents a healthy grieving or “feeling” process – and I have to remind myself that sometimes, time has to do it’s work and I need to be patient with that; the quick fix isn’t always the best fix.