Motivational Monday #36 Patience
“Patience is power. Patience is not an absence of action; rather it is “timing” it waits on the right time to act, for the right principles and in the right way.”
Fulton J. Sheen
We live in a world which worships speed. Faster is always better and sooner beats later every time.
At least that’s the modern wisdom.
And speed has it’s place. But patience can be equally powerful and is too often overlooked.
One of the flaws with overlooking patience is that we create a world built on rushing. And whilst rushing is great for short term, immediate, needs it fails in the long run.
It can also create a very stressful environment where we want instant gratification or instant success and we become dissatisfied when things don’t happen instantly.
It also creates a culture that makes ridiculous claims – for example a magazine I bought recently proudly announced on the cover ‘Master 3D art in a day” which is a truly ridiculous headline!
Mastery of any discipline in life is only going to come over a protracted period of time and the more we accept that the happier we can be on the journey towards that mastery.
So to be truly happy, and successful in life we need to cultivate both speed and patience.
And as Archbishop Sheen points out this is not a form of inaction but rather action. Of planning when things will happen and for seizing the right opportunities when they arise.
(In the same way as it pays to get on the right train not just the first one that comes along.)
I don’t know what you want to achieve by the end of the year but by patiently working towards your goals from now, you are more likely to reach them than if you make a rush for the finishing line at the end of the year.
And what of your longer term plans? If you are frustrated because you aren’t in the right job, right house or drive the right car then have some patience, put in place plans to get you to where you want to be, then put those plans into action.
The time for speed will be when your patient, steady, work creates opportunities that you can then grasp with alacrity.
Until next time, be successful!
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