That’s what I used to always think.
The saying “Good things come to those who wait”…
Why would I just sit there and wait for something good to come my way?
In the modern era, we live in a society where almost everything is immediately made available at our beckoning call, and even our fingertips. If you want instant answers to something just do a Google search. If you want a quick bite to eat, just order something through Postemates or Uber Eats. Or maybe, you just want some entertainment. Well, you have it a click away on your TV through cable, Netflix and other streaming options.
See, who needs to be patient when you pretty much can have everything you want or need at your fingertips?
However, over the past few years I have learned that patience is and will always be one of the best virtues. If I don’t practice patience, I can negatively affect my life and the lives of those around me.
I am a people-pleaser. I enjoy making others happy. However, there is some danger that comes with being a people-pleaser. I sometimes find myself taking on too many tasks at once, and I end up disorganized, scrambling to find a way to complete everything. But then, I realize I must regroup and patiently form a new plan.
Then once in a while, my biggest fear occurs. Life throws me a curve ball that puts my new plan out of whack. A family emergency arises or I get sick in the middle of a busy work week that has me on bed rest for two days. My schedule is completely ruined.
So here I am, at the starting line. Again. I could just freeze up and block it all out, or I could regroup once more and know that good things not only come to those who wait, but to those that don’t give up.
Every day, I have people relying on me to get things done in both my professional and personal lives. I must create a new plan that benefits all of the people in these lives, regardless of the obstacles in my way.
One of my recent practices has been waking up to a new day with a fresh mindset and not carrying the past into my present. I try to positively use what I learn from the day before to better myself for the days leading ahead. Practicing patience has taught me a lot about myself and how bumps in the road are never a dead end.
-- Grace Flemer