Patience is Not Something You Do, Patience is….
I’m writing about patience because it’s what I most need at this point in my life. I’m the kind of person who wants to see instant results, I know that’s not always going to happen, but I still want it none-the-less. Right now I’m building a website and from the start we knew it would be a big/long project, 3 months we were thinking, but now we’re on month 5!
On top of that I am doing energy inspections to bring in a paycheck until we can get the website off the ground and the class that I was supposed to take this week that would allow me to go out and market myself, just got moved back a month. Because of this, I’ve been thinking of launching a third project/business to bring in some extra cash. It was a great idea, or so I thought, until my wife reminded me that the fruits of our labor are just around the corner. She proposed that if I have a 3rd thing going, I may be spread too thin when these other projects start producing. She is right. What I need is a good dose of patience, to prepare as much as I can and be ready to market myself after I take this class next month and grow the website when we launch. So I’ve done a little research on what patience is and I’d like to share my results.
I found that patience is not something that you do, but something that happens to you. Patience is having trust that something bigger than you is in control and wants what’s best for you, no matter what happens. If you truly trust and have faith that good things are going to happen then you will not be temporarily impatient with your life, frustrated that something didn’t go right or upset at someone for inconveniencing you for a few minutes.
I feel like that this principle is lacking in today’s society. It seems like everyone is in such a rush, not just in a rush but in an angry rush, to get somewhere important. So important that nobody’s feelings or destinations are as important as theirs. And that’s just in traffic… not to mention if a co-worker or subordinate messes up at work. If they get shortchanged a few dollars from a business (as if we don’t all waste a few dollars everyday). I mean, don’t let people take advantage of you and you should definitely seek fairness, but don’t destroy your reputation or another persons day because of a few dollars or a few minutes. If your purpose in this life is make other people’s lives better, then your kinda just killing your purpose. And if your purpose in this life is not to make other people’s lives better, my only question is, why not?
And so I’ll leave you with this quote, “Think on this doctrine; that reasoning beings were created for one another’s sake; that to be patient is a branch of justice, and that mens sine without intending it.” Marcus Aelius Aurelius
By the way, the 3rd business I was thinking about starting was an eco-friendly lawn service. Figured out I could start it for less than $500. Get a bike, a small trailer, newly engineered mechanical push mower, battery operated blower/trimmer/hedger and whalla! Ride thru your local neighborhoods and explain all of the benefits good for the environment, quiet and inexpensive lawn care ;)
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