Virtue of Patience:
We are certainly living in a time when the hardest commodity to find is probably patience. Fast has become the new normal. Fast food, fast lanes, fast forwards and fast lifestyles. Slow is almost a negative word now. Are we missing something in this mad rush? Are we forgetting certain basic principles of life? Are we missing the experience of life in a mad rush to get somewhere?
We have paid a heavy price for this new fast lifestyle. We have paid it with our peace of mind, happiness and simplicity. Not to get all preachy but we have to take a moment to reflect on the importance of slowing down. We have to get back to the good old virtue of patience.
We can all agree that it takes time and effort in order to accomplish anything. Things that are accomplished in no time disappear from us in no time. Only those things for which we have invested our time and effort become a part of our reality, lending some meaning to life. Patience is still one of those all-important virtues a young mind should pay attention to.
When everybody is moving towards instant gratification, very few understand the importance of slowing down and understanding the value of patience. Success is nothing but deferred gratification. When we postpone this need to satisfy ourselves in a hurry, we can put our minds together to accomplish certain important goals.
If there is any differentiating line between those who attain to their dreams and those who fail, it has to be the level of patience one possesses and displays. Those who are impatient invariably loose interest in their pursuits and give up too easily. If you are consistently failing at something, pay attention to your ability to stay focused and remain patient.
When a new seed of possibility is given to you, what will you do with it? Will you sit in front of it and expect it to grow and produce fruits instantly or will you find a fertile ground for it, plant it, nurture it and wait for it to product the fruits. Why have we forgotten that it takes time for a seed to germinate, become a plant, and then produce fruits? Why have we become so impatient with life?
Impatience is destroying our peace of mind. Impatience is spoiling all our human relationships. Impatience is isolating us from our friends and family. Impatience is not allowing us to even enjoy a few quiet moments with ourselves. Let us not forget that impatience is not a virtue, it is rather a sign of immaturity. Just because we are moving fast, doesn’t mean that we are getting somewhere. Sometimes patience is the only way out of difficult and tricky situations of life. Sometimes, patience is our only refuge.
When you have been trying too hard to accomplish something and failing at it consistently, it might be a sign of your impatience. Certain unknown dimensions of intelligence open up when you are calm and patient. If a fast hyper paced lifestyle is leaving you confused and lost, give patience a chance. It will certainly not disappoint you.