Good Things Come to Those with Patience

June 8, 2016

Good things come to those who wait, who know the value of patience, whose achievements are derived through dedication, effort and endurance. Because everything that demands temperance from us emits a halo of enthusiasm and hope around us.

I love people who know that between “planting and sowing” there’s a lot of “praying and waiting.” Because it’s vital to be strong when faced with desperation, to not get confused when faced with the uncertainty of not knowing when everything we desire will arrive.

Remember that spring also comes back

I remember that during one winter, my father needed wood for the fire. So he got a dead tree and chopped it up. But then, during the spring, he devastatingly looked at the withered trunk of the tree, and saw that it was sprouting new branches.  My father said:

“I was sure that that tree was dead. It had lost all of its leaves during the winter. It looked so cold that the branches had all broken and fallen to the ground, as if not a single hint of life remained in the trunk. But now I see that life still endured within it.”

He turned and said to me:

“Never forget this lesson. Never cut down a tree during the winter. Never make a negative decision during adverse times. Never make important decisions when you’re at your worst mood. Wait. Be patient. The storm will pass. Remember that the spring always comes back.”

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Everything happens, everything passes, everything transforms

Every award will arrive, because time is responsible for shutting the doors of the undesirable, for helping us fight anguish and awaken our hope. That’s why the moment will arrive in which new desires will awaken within you and something good will happen in your life.

You’ve surely heard more than once “Don’t make the mistake of making permanent decisions due to temporary emotions.” This phrase tells of the great value of patience, the ability to calm ourselves and put things into perspective.

Because if we act without waiting for the best time, we’re probably causing our own setbacks. Which will make us crumble and make it very hard for us to find hope among our own emotional rubble.

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Working on your patience and getting to know yourself

Knowing how to wait requires the patience of knowing yourself, of stopping to reflect and feeling sure of ourselves. These are the aspects we should promote in order to contemplate the world with greater understanding and sanity.

So, patience is a gift that requires knowledge of impulsivity and thoughtlessness. Only through it can we reach the things we desire without paying a very high price for it. But, what can we do to cultivate our patience, be more prudent and learn how to wait?

Breathe

Breathing deeply is always a good resource to help us reflect on things. Let’s just say, in some way we’re offering our inner dialogue a pause.

Discover the reason for your hurrying and impatience

Think about the reasons that lead you to acting in an impulsive and impatient way. Organize your time and pose new priorities for yourself. This will help you get to know yourself and will calm you during intense moments.

Identify the things or people that intensify your impatience

Sometimes people or situations around us generate conflicts within us that makes us act without thinking. Think about this and try to keep it in mind.

Is your impatience useful? Is it justified?

Answer these two questions in a completely sincere way and calmly seek out the behavioral patterns that are repeating and making it impossible for you to do it right.

Take your time and expect the unexpected

There’s a certain quote by Jeff Foster that sums this up: Regardless of how “bad” stories get, you’re always being urged to slow down, breathe, and stop trying to solve everything, to escape your own own conclusions, breathe once more…”

Cultivating the gift of patience requires temperance just like any other type of learning. That’s why you have to practice tolerance when reading the book of our own lives, of writing it and rewriting it, and of enjoying every backtrack and each new smile.