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: Patience

Today’s culture is fast-paced, full of cell phone transmissions, text messages, Facebook postings, Instagram notices, and Twitter tweets. Frenzy, even multiple smart phones is understood as normal.  Even so, patience is valuable.

Not everything should be instant. Patient deliberations are necessary, even in a frenetic fast-paced world.  Aresenio Hall, in a recent interview with Oprah on her OWN network, told Oprah that it took five years before a network accepted his “comeback” show idea for his late night talk show. He persistently shopped his idea to various networks and sought council from close friends such as Magic Johnson, Jay Leno, David Letterman to get their insight and confirmations.

Five years-that’s patience. Patience implies an intentional act of slowing down to consider options.  Consulting and deliberating is a mantra of success. Haste oftentimes leads to muddled disaster. Sure, it is correct to ponder and think about approaching decisions but over-thinking can also precipitate disaster. Success is a blend of patience and persistence.

Persistent patience is a virtue. What this means is that while you are deliberating or consulting with others whom you trust about an issue you are also plotting the needed steps to conclude with getting what you want.

Use discernment to your advantage. If you have a network of colleagues, friends and peers you can talk to-do so. If not, consider getting a mentor or being a part of a mastermind group. This way, you can bounce ideas, clarify your goal, and solicit the support you need to succeed. Neither of these steps are instant matters, patience is required but because of your diligence and persistence you will engage door-opening opportunities that would not have happened without patience.

Patience, persistence and perspiration make an unbeatable combination for success.
~Napoleon Hill

Slow down, practice persistent patience.  Strengthen your capacity, diligently work-sweat a little. Think, think and think some more as you plot your actions. Oftentimes knowing that others believe you are capable of fulfilling your goal gives you the encouragement needed to embrace all of the stimulating growth challenges ahead.

Patience may prolong a decision, but the answer is solid.

Recommended Reading

Throughout the year I will post books for recommended reading as a new information feature of Anita Answers.                     My recommendations for January are:

Love and Power in a World Without Limits Terry Cole Whittaker

A Course in Weight Loss Marianne Williamson

The Magic of Believing – Claude M. Bristol

The Prosperity Bible – complilation  (Napoleon Hill, Benjamin Franklin, Florence Scovel Shnin, Wallace Wattles, et al)

As A Man Thinketh James Allen

Embracing Fear – Thom Rutledge

I have read all of these books and can make a qualified recommendation. Enjoy learning!

Please feel free to share your reading list – I will post your suggestions too.