A female painted turtle laying her eggs in the sand by my studio yurt. 

In the unending societal pursuit of novelty and speed, the virtue of patience can become lost. But nature remembers, and the homesteading process yet remembers the practice of patience. What are some examples from these worlds of patience and what can we learn from them?

Patience is the painted turtle, slowly hauling herself from the creek up to the sandy roadside, choosing just the right spot to lay her eggs. Diligently, she uses her clawed back legs to dig slowly deeper and deeper into the soft, damp sand. Patience requires trust because she is vulnerable out here in the open, and she cannot run away very fast. Yet she persists until her motherly task is complete before laboring her heavy body back to the safety of the moving waters.

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