The Amazing Power of Patience

“Adopt the pace of nature; her secret is patience.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson

‘Wait’, is an uncomfortable word for most of us. We are conditioned by the fast paced modern world to expect quick results, swift decisions, and fast resolutions and so on….

Actually, there is nothing wrong in this. After all, computers were invented to do quickly what humans were not able to do. Cars were invented to run faster and make life easier. Airplanes were invented to fly at unimaginable pace to take you from one part of the world to another.

With the beautiful examples of above, let me come to the essence of this article.

Most of us feel and believe that everything should happen quickly. We strive to make sure that things happen fast and any delay is intolerable. Proactivity is taught everywhere in schools and colleges to combat waiting period. We are told not to wait. We are told to hurry. We are conditioned to be aggressive.

However, sometimes we don’t see the progress for our efforts and become depressed. We feel disheartened about the result of something. We fill ourselves with negative thoughts and start losing hope.

Why?

Because, we lack an amazing principle, a game changing truth that most of us overlook, hate and feel uncomfortable.

Patience.

Have you tried doing any of the below?

Did you ever tried to make a tree grow overnight?

Did you make rain to fall bit faster just because you like to see things faster?

Did you ever tried to breathe faster just because you like speed?

You did not. Nature has its own speed. It knows its rhythm. We never can speed up some things. And we should not. Some things happen in life on their own pace.

Making things happen is absolutely brilliant, but not all aspects life can be measured by the speed of your progress. Some are measured by quality of your progress and the direction of your journey.

To accomplish something tangible, concrete and satisfying, you need to have patience. Patience is a virtue. Indeed. Do your part, and have patience and faith. Things will progress. Don’t hurry by underestimating the background process which is running for you. You can’t see everything. You need not know everything. You will get what you want if you have patience and faith. I repeat again.

Just do your part, perform your role, contribute your efforts and wait.

Don’t panic. Don’t lose heart. Don’t curse yourself or anyone. Things will come your way because you have patience, faith and you are solid at heart.

Remember, life is connecting the dots and patience connects them. Don’t try to skip a dot. Every dot is beautiful. Waiting is one of such dots. While you wait, enjoy the silence, enjoy the lull. Anticipate the good and be ready for the outcome.

Next time, when you are stuck in uncertain situation or a confusing state of mind, just ask yourself. Have I done my part satisfactory?

If yes, then just wait.

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Naveen is the humblest human being who is passionate about many things but works on one at a time. He enjoys his day working on software programs and late nights in writing about his life experiences on this blog.

7 Comments

  1. Neeta Kulkarni

    Hi,

    This is really a wonderful article :)
    I like the point very much that” life is connecting the dots and patience connects them “.

    This is an amazing thought!!!

    Keep writing.
    Good Luck :)

  2. Ravindra

    nice thought :)

  3. Naveen Kulkarni

    @ Neeta,
    I am glad that you liked this post.

  4. Naveen Kulkarni

    @Ravindra,
    Thanks. Do checkout the Archives section on this blog for more personal development articles.

  5. Your post reminded me of that viral interview Conan OBrien did with Louis CK.

    He talks about how technology has made everything in our lives so instantaneous. Just looking back a few decades you can see tremendous changes in how much time it took to do basic things like making a call, getting cash, etc.

    We definitely could use a lesson in patience these days.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8r1CZTLk-Gk&feature=related

    Hope to be back often,

    Bryce

    • Naveen Kulkarni

      Thanks Bryce for stopping by and commenting.

      Clicking your video now :-)

  6. Good post Naveen and good thoughts. I wrote on the same thing in my current post and seem to have written your post all over again. :)
    This is very motivating, thank you.
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