Patience is more than a state of mind, it is a skill. A skill that can be honed and mastered to control your emotional, physical and situational states.
“Patience and tenacity are worth more than twice their weight of cleverness.“ -Thomas Huxley
Most of our existence is consumed by waiting. Life is an almost constant cycle of waiting for something, someone and oneself – physically and mentally.
Even when we’re sleeping, we are waiting to wake up energized to start a new day. Each new day comprised of completing a task then waiting for the next and the next, repeat. But it’s not just crossing events and the passing of time that we need patience for.
We need it for the human element. How others can frustrate, annoy and get under our skin. We need patience to not endure but to handle the shit like nada.
Patience sucks. Or at least learning and mastering it. So it’s ironic how the thing we do most in our life is the key to making it better in terms of poise and calm.
“Patience is not simply the ability to wait – it’s how we behave while we’re waiting.” -Joyce Meyer
Being impatient is a lot like worrying. It has absolutely no use or beneficial purpose but plenty of powerful negative effects. Doing either is truly pointless as it can’t possibly change the circumstance or the outcome, but it could make the situation worse.
Impatience makes us negatively emotional. A state of my mind that makes us irrational and comprises our decision making abilities. Also, it makes us feel shitty.
Being patient is a lot like serenity. You’re full aware of your situation of having little or no control but you’re at peace with it, because it’s just a moment in time of which will pass. There’s bliss in knowing you can’t change something that can’t be changed.
Patience makes us emotionally neutral with a focused state of mind. It gives us tactical poise and calming clarity to be sharper, faster and smarter.
Regardless, it’s all relative. Active combat or blind date, patience or lack thereof, works the same.
“Genius is eternal patience.” -Michelangelo