“Three hundred years ago a prisoner condemned to the Tower of London carved on the wall of his cell this sentiment to keep up his spirits during his long imprisonment: ‘It is not adversity that kills, but the impatience with which we bear adversity.”- James Keller
Sometimes I feel as though the world is moving at the speed of a tiny crippled
snail. I want to rush past it, scream at it to get moving. Impatience can be
a positive force when focused correctly, it is what leads to change, and a
world without change is a world on the brink of death.
And yet it is equally important to know how to slow down, to be patient with
yourself and others, to allow things to have the time to fully develop.
Sometimes one of the best things we can do is press on the brakes, take a deep
breath and look around with eyes wide open and really take in everything around
us. Whether it is something as simple as waiting in line for groceries, or
standing by a friend going through a rough time, or facing something that
could mean pain or death for yourself, patience is the key to bearing
through whatever life can throw at you.
The patience to listen to others who have differing opinions from you.
The patience to stand by the choices you make, even the wrong ones,
because in making mistakes you grow and learn.
The patience to forgive yourself and others for those mistakes.
The patience to to listen to the song of life and accept your place
in its flow, not fight against it, but let it seep through your bones
until you unfold into your true self.
Be impatient when it is necessary, but leave room for stillness as well.