Monday Miracle: Patience

“It does not matter how slowly you go up, so long as you don’t stop.” ~ Confucius

A seed that is nurtured by a patient gardener yields a bounty of fruit. Steadfastness, faith, understanding, trust, poise, calm are all fruits that derive from patience. Sage wisdom records that patience is a virtue; that is so. When you practice patience, virtues of the seeds of character evolve.

Gardener Gardening

Gardener Gardening (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In today’s buzz world of fast paced instant gratification, a modicum of patience sets the tone for success. Many people fear long suffering and are deceived into thinking that they will be walked on or overlooked when they maintain a serene, patient demeanor. Nothing is farther from the truth- patience and levelheadedness are keys which can unlock vaults to success.

“Patience, persistence and perspiration make an unbeatable combination for success.” ~

Garden/Allotment

Garden/Allotment (Photo credit: tricky (rick harrison))

When you are persistent and slow to anger, little will distress or upset you or derail you. The garden of life that steadily tills the soil and nurtures the soul cultivates patience. Waiting with hopeful expectation, a connotation of patience is a life force of achievement.

“Patience has its limits. Take it too far, and it’s cowardice.”
~George Jackson

However, do not wait for too long. A sprig does not need years to break through the soil. At some point, you as the master gardener in your life, must examine the soil and the roots of what you have patiently planted.  Pause, look and see if green verdant leaves of growth are present. If not, it is time to diligently and calmly plant different seeds of success. Examine your growth.

Patience, fertilized with character and insight, are gardener’s tools. Grow your garden, plant your progress.  Release all frenzy. Be steady, don’t stop – inspect your roots.

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Monday Miracle: Wisdom

Have you got good wisdom?

Sometimes the answer is yes, and other times the answer is no. Wisdom can be categorized in a multitude of ways according to a myriad of  situations. Is it wise to cross the street when cars are zooming through the intersection? Most likely not, unless you are being chased by a hungry tiger.  Is it wise to remain silent and forever hold your opinion? Maybe or maybe not depending on the “teachable moment.”

The age old questions probes, what is wisdom?

Wisdom is as wisdom does, possibly so. Some assert that wisdom begets truth. But, is truth always wise in all ways? Some posit that wisdom is gained through age and experience. However, can a baby be wise enough to know to stay away from a hot stove.  David Jordon, a scientist, asserts that “Wisdom is knowing what to do; virtue is doing it.” But, can mankind be wise in spite of virtue?

Aristotle says that wisdom is knowing yourself. Socrates says that true wisdom is knowing you know nothing.  Knowing nothing about yourself is unwise for it is in the knowing and the strength of experience that you gain wisdom. Success flows from the wisdom of experience, experimenting, and execution.  Therein, actual success in all dimensions is dependent upon wisdom.

Experience

Experience (Photo credit: MTSOfan)

Alexandre Dumas, another though leader, believed that wisdom requires you to wait and hope. Yes, the success minded should wait and drink deep from the fountain of hope but the canonizing of wisdom also predicates decisive action. Maybe wisdom mimics a walk in someone else’s shoes.

“By three methods we may learn wisdom: First, by reflection, which is noblest; Second, by imitation, which is easiest; and third by experience, which is the bitterest.”
Confucius

Wisdom may be bittersweet; it may too be the sweetest reward. Either way, with wisdom you get to choose the healthiest and most heart-centered way to internalize the wise learning you get from the experience.

Be wise, get wisdom.