‘Be patient. Good things come to those who wait.”
I often save my fortunes ~ and those were the words written on an old fortune I had in my wallet ~ which I happened to pull out randomly while waiting for the subway on Wednesday.
It made me smile.
I am one of those people who thought I would get married at 21 (this was when I was 12, mind you!), have 4 or 5 kids by 30, and a thriving career like, yesterday.
Right. So life doesn’t always happen as planned, or perhaps not as quickly. Patience is a tough, albeit important, virtue and practice.
I used to blame my genes for my seemingly lack of patience. My mother was an incredible woman, and I could use any number of amazing qualities to describe her, and yet patient would not be one of them!
At some point, however, we can no longer blame our upbringing or our past for who we are, we have to take responsibility for who we want to become.
Because we live in a world where instant gratification takes too long, it is all the more important that patience become a practice. (Click to tweet it out!)
Those overnight successes that we see on a regular basis? They likely took at least 10 years in the making. Research shows it takes 10,000 hours to achieve mastery.
Love at first sight? Although I won’t argue that it doesn’t exist, finding your person, and building a loving, committed relationship, is going to take time.
And when it comes to becoming fit and healthy, learning how to play a new instrument or a new sport, creating new morning rituals, improving your productivity, building a spiritual practice… all of these things require time, and yes, patience.
We have our whole lives ahead of us. And we have our whole lives to be a work in progress. So what’s the rush?!?
With a little bit of patience, enough perseverance, and a whole lotta fierce self love, anything is possible.
Good things come to those who wait. The fortune said so ~ so it must be true!
Have a FAB week!
And now I’d love to hear from you. What are your thoughts when it comes to patience? Any tips you’d like to share? Or perhaps another fortune that you have saved and would like to share?!?
I’d love to hear from you in the comments below.