P is for Potato and Patience!

The potato is a starchy, tuberous crop from the perennial Solanum tuberosum of the Solanaceae family (also known as the nightshades). Potato Cultivars appear in a variety of colors, shapes, and sizes

If you can get past the mumbo jumbo see how wonderful a potato really IS.

Humans can actually survive healthily on a diet of potatoes supplemented only with milk or butter, which contain the two vitamins not provided by potatoes (vitamins A and D). The potato contains vitamins and minerals, as well as an assortment of phytochemicals, such as carotenoids and natural phenols. Chlorogenic acid constitutes up to 90% of the potato tuber natural phenols. Others found in potatoes are 4-O-caffeoylquinic acid (crypto-chlorogenic acid), 5-O-caffeoylquinic (neo-chlorogenic acid), 3,4-dicaffeoylquinic and 3,5-dicaffeoylquinic acids.  A medium-size 150 g (5.3 oz) potato with the skin provides 27 mg of vitamin C (45% of the Daily Value (DV)), 620 mg of potassium (18% of DV), 0.2 mg vitamin B6 (10% of DV) and trace amounts of thiamin, riboflavin, folate, niacin, magnesium, phosphorus, iron, and zinc. The fiber content of a potato with skin (2 g) is equivalent to that of many whole grain breads, pastas, and cereals. Thanks wikipedia once again.

The potato is best known for its carbohydrate content.

I must say my favorite food item is potatoes.  I grew up in a town when most of my friends had a potato bed in the back of their garden. Potatoes have become the staple food since the 1800s in my homeland of Newfoundland and Labrador.

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Potatoes are a relatively easy vegetable to grow and it doesn’t take a lot of patience to be successful.

Another word that is important Patience.

Patience or [forbearing] is the state of endurance under difficult circumstances, which can mean persevering/resolute in the face of delay or frustration without acting on annoyance/anger in a negative way; or exhibiting tolerance when under strain, especially when faced with longer-term difficulties. Patience is the level of endurance one can take before negativity. It is also used to refer to the character trait of being steadfast.

Being humble and gentle. Wow it is to Be patient with each other, making allowance for each other’s faults because of your love.

What is that saying, “United We Stand – Divided We Fall!”

If ever there was a monument raised to honor the virtue of enduring patience, it is the grave marker of the late great British politician, philanthropist, and leader of the movement to abolish the slave trade, William Wilberforce (1759 – 1833), found in Westminster Abbey, in London, England – the English “Hall of Fame!” The brief inscription, below the pedestal of his statue, reads: “He removed from England the guilt of the African slave trade, and prepared the way for the abolition of slavery in every Colony of the Empire.”

Patience is not a desperate waiting in doubt; but, a hopeful waiting in confidence! I truly want to be able to act so.

I know that patience sometimes appears unattainable but it’s a virtue to aspire.  How wonderful to have patience. It is gracious, compassionate; and, with understanding, judges the faults of others without unjust criticism. It inclines oneself to bear up under weariness, strain, and persecution when doing things you ought to be doing for God and the community.

Sometimes to be patient in its purest sense we need to be aware of our surroundings, have a perspective of the bigger picture, use listening skills.

This is actually funny.

ILL: President Franklin D. Roosevelt got tired of smiling that big smile and saying the usual things at all those White House receptions. So, one evening he decided to find out whether anybody was paying attention to what he was saying.
As each person came up to him with extended hand, he flashed that big smile and said, “I murdered my grandmother this morning.” People would automatically respond with comments such as “How lovely!” or “Just continue with your great work!”
Nobody listened to what he was saying, except one foreign diplomat. When the president said, “I murdered my grandmother this morning,” the diplomat responded softly, “I’m sure she had it coming to her.

Patience is desperately needed but so difficult to attain because it’s in the rough stuff, bad stuff, turbulent stuff we learn patience.

How will we respond to the following:

  • How do you respond when someone does you a wrong?
  • How do you deal with delays or disappointment?
  • How do you respond when dealing with difficult circumstances?

I have to tell you this story.  Just recently I painted my first acrylic painting in about 20 years. I felt the need to start again.  It was to be a painting for my granddaughter’s second birthday.  She loves owls.  So I proceeded with my painting.  I was doing very well and it seemed there was magic in the brush.  When I began to paint flowers that were in my garden the brush just would not work.  I got a little frustrated and decided to calm myself [please God help me in patience here] look at the picture and let my fingers do its work with the brush without demanding it look a certain way.  Patience took over and I was pleasantly surprised.

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Desiring to be a patient human being is demanding, hard work; of course goes against our humanity, goes against our fast past culture and against the wrong mindset that impatience gets the job done.  I still believe patient people gleans a great understanding of their surroundings which influence their perspective which in turn increases patience.

Some Amazing Quotes:

Patience is the ability to suffer a long time under the mistreatment of others without growing resentful or bitter. 

~  Jerry Bridges

Have patience with all things, but first of all with yourself 

~    Saint Francis de Sales

He that can have Patience, can have what he will.

~  Benjamin Franklin

And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap,

if we do not give up

Teach us, O Lord, the disciplines of patience, for to wait is often harder than to work.

~  Peter Marshall

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Here is a song on the Potato; please forgive my silliness.

Thanks for reading my bLoG!

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