“We live in a world of instant gratification. Almost any kind of information or desire is at our fingertips.
This kind of “I need it now” mentality can be very toxic for living at your Highest Potential. We have upgraded our technology and the speed at which we connect, but we haven’t upgraded our minds and awareness.
1. the capacity to accept or tolerate delay, trouble, or suffering without getting angry or upset.
Acting on your dreams and expressing your gifts is like planting a seed. I love using this example. The seed has potential already within it. With the proper soil, watering, sunlight and TIME, the seed will blossom.
We are so focused on results and NOW, that we can actually impede our seeds’ growth. Imagine planting a seed in the ground and coming back an hour later, digging it up and wondering why it’s not a fully formed tree yet – and then having the audacity to get frustrated that it’s “taking so long.”
Part of walking on this journey is for us to embrace patience. I used to ask for patience, thinking that God would speed things up to the pace that I desired. But I came to learn that that isn’t what patience is.
So, what does patience feel like?
For me patience it is the slow, yet perfect unfolding of my dreams one day at a time. It’s embracing the uneasiness of all the things that are still unsettled in my heart and having the faith that God is working for my best interest, even if I can’t see it or feel it in this moment. Patience is accepting the present fully as it is and then course correcting. Patience is allowing yourself to make mistakes and then learn from them. Patience is removing the word “should” from your vocabulary and instead, understanding that everything that’s happened in your life has been necessary to teach you. Patience is also accepting your friends, mate, and partners exactly where they are with no insistence that they change for you. It is part of the definition of LOVE. (I Corinthians 13)
And the old saying, Patience is living in the knowing that God’s delays are not His denials.
When you exercise this kind of patience, you leave room for miracles, for God to deliver even greater circumstances to you than your rushing mind could imagine and for epic love to emerge, rather than be forced.
Try these things when you are being anxious. Take 10 minutes, close your eyes and meditate only on the breath coming in and out of your nose. Take a yoga class and embrace the hard poses. Be of service to those less fortunate than you and see how blessed you really are.
A wonderful request to God is, “I trust you, so not in my time, in the Your perfect time”.
Then sit back, settle in and enjoy the journey one day at a time.”
I was inspired to post this from reading The Daily Love – Mastin Kipp. Thank you!