Sometimes, in order to move forward with whatever it is I’m striving for, I need to redefine some words.

I have to be careful of the things I “already know.” Two days ago, I realized I’ve been living for I-don’t-know-how-many years with a false definition of “patience.”

All I needed to do was look it up. Seems like a no-brainer, but because it was already something I thought I already knew, I never bothered looking it up. The dictionary said “Patience” is:

“the bearing of provocation,annoyance, misfortune, or pain, without complaint, loss of temper, irritation, or the like. Quiet, steady perseverance; even-tempered care; diligence: persistent courage in trying circumstances.

Persistent courage?

That’s something to strive for! Especially as an artist. Art is frequently dismissed, undervalued and ignored. The first thing to go with budget-cuts, the last thing to be considered a “real” job.

I always thought patience, boiled down, simply meant, “bite your tongue and wait.” There is a time for biting your tongue. But patience is so much more active than I let it be. It’s waiting while. It’s perseverance.

What words might you need to redefine? What words have you already redefined, lately?

Kate Lynne Logan is an artist currently residing in Seattle, WA. You can listen to her music here,  and view her art here.

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