We all know that’s no way to actually get what you want, it’s not very mature and it’s certainly not mindful. But it’s easy to have this mindset when you get impatient and frustrated with the pace at which you’re moving forward in your life and with your goals. Sure, we’ve all heard it before, patience is a virtue. But what does it actually mean? It means having the ability to wait for something without getting angry or upset, and it’s a valuable quality to have.
Patience is not the ability to wait, but how you act while you wait. Do you keep a good attitude when things aren’t going as planned, when they are moving slower than what you expected? Maybe you’re patient with others but not even with yourself. If you’re honest with yourself and mindful of what’s actually go on around you, you’ll realize that some things really are worth waiting for. When we let go of control and allow life to unfold, we find moments of joy, freedom and peace. Why? Because when we’re in a state of mindfulness we’re relaxed, flexible and able to stay grounded as the chaos of everyday life continues to flow around us.
“Simplicity. Patience. Compassion. These three are your greatest treasures. Simple in actions and thoughts, you return to the source of being. Patient with both friends and enemies, you accord with the way things are. Compassionate toward yourself, you reconcile all beings in the world” (Lao Tzu). The simple, patient, compassionate frame of mind allows you to live a life filled with love, courage and joy. We live in a world that is always changing, always evolving and, certainly, always connected. It’s important we disconnect at times, remain patient with ourselves and others and practice gratitude for what we do have.
I believe settling is a way of choosing to live life with what is given to you, and that rising to the occasion is living and creating the life you want and deserve. Wait for what you deserve and, most importantly, never settle.
Just be patient.