Patience — It’s not something that I have a lot of.
They say that a watched pot never boils. In my head, I’m saying, “Ugh. I looked away for 10 seconds! Why isn’t it boiling already?!” Not the best approach, I admit. But I’ve never been very good at this whole “waiting” thing.
I think part of the reason why I’m so guilty of my lack of patience is that I confuse being a go-getter with being impatient. Let me explain.
I’ve never wholeheartedly agreed with the saying that “all good things come to those who wait”. I’ve always thought that it was the soft way of saying that we simply deserve for things to come to us on their own. Yes, I feel that life has a way of bringing things full circle (and we can’t forget about the beauty of karma), but I feel that most things don’t come to you while you’re sitting at your window pane with your face in your hands.
Great things come to those who go out there and get it.
Think of it this way: when you really want something, you give it 200% and never give up. You wake up 3 hours earlier than everyone else to run an extra mile, stay later at the office to get ahead, and you work really freaking hard to get picked for the leading role in that play you’ve had your heart set on since you were eleven. The idea of “sitting around and waiting” doesn’t seem to fit well into that equation.
So I did a little investigating.
By definition, patience is the ability or willingness to suppress restlessness or annoyance when confronted with delay.
In life, we’re always going to have delays. Whether we’re waiting for a call that will change our life or we’re simply counting down the days until we see a distant loved one, we will always face a little hold-up.
Right now, I’m at a point in my life where there are so many things in limbo and I am faced with the reality that my impatience will not make the pot boil any faster. My angst also won’t change the outcome of my plans in action. So this is a reminder to myself and us all that there is beauty in the moments of pause. As I wait, I’m going to appreciate the present and enjoy the ride.
What are your thoughts on patience?
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