Patience is your biggest virtue
Monday, April 01, 2013 9:48 AM
Life isn't about a single moment of great triumph and attainment. It's about the trials and errors that get you there. All the blood, sweat and tears, the small and inconsequential things you do every day all matter in the end. Every step, every decision, every regret, every affliction and the seemingly useless happenings all add up to something. All of this has strengthened you. All of this has led you to every success you've ever had. All of this has made you who you are today.
It's not the mistakes and failures you have to worry about. It's the opportunities you miss when you don't even try that hurt you the most. Trying always leads to success regardless of the outcome. Even mistakes and failures teach you what you shouldn't do the next time. Thus, every outcome is a lesson that makes you stronger and wiser.
Being patient and steadfast will keep you productive. Patience means doing your very best with the resources available to you, while understanding that the results you seek are worth the required time and effort, and not available elsewhere for any less time and effort.
Patience is the realization that the quality of your life is much more significant than the quantity of things you fill it with. Patience is your willingness to accept and appreciate what you have right now, while you put forth a steady, focused effort into growing toward your dreams and goals.
Patience is also a gift that you should extend to those around you. At times, the confident lose confidence, the patient lose their cool, the generous act selfish, and the knowledgeable second guess what they know. And guess what? We're all human. We all make mistakes, we lose our tempers, and we get caught off guard. We stumble, we slip, and we spin out of control sometimes.
But that's usually the worst of it. We all have our moments. Most of the time, we're remarkable. So stand beside the people you love through their trying times of imperfection and offer yourself the same courtesy.
No one else can succeed for you on your behalf. The life you live is the life you build for yourself. There are so many possibilities to choose from, and so many opportunities for you to bridge the gap between where you are and where you want to be. Now is the moment to actually step forward.
Excuses and explanations won't do you any good. They won't add any value to your life or improve the quality of it by even the slightest margin. To fulfill your calling and get where you wish to go in life requires more than just thinking and talking. These feats require focused and sustained action. And the good news is, you're perfectly capable of taking whatever actions are necessary. You just have to choose to actually do it.
In the end, there's only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve... the failure to try and stay the course. The results you achieve are not based on what you plan to do or what you say you'll do. Your results come from what you actually TRY and DO.
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