THE POWER OF PATIENCE

They say patience is a virtue.  Some things are worth waiting for.

Good things come to those who wait.

 

I understand the thinking behind these statements because it shows Willpower, Self-Control, and Discipline.  However, it is hard, especially nowadays when the attention span of most people is that of a gnat.  We want what we want when we want it.

 

I do not know if you are familiar with the Marshmallow Experiment.  They asked some kids if they wanted one marshmallow now or two marshmallows if they waited five minutes.  I love marshmallows, so I do not know now what I would choose if I were five or six years old again, but odds are I would probably have gone for the immediate gratification of one of the sweet little clouds of joy.

 

Well, they followed up with the kids who could wait for five to get two and guess what they found – that is right. Those kids were more successful as adults.  Successfully is relative, but you get the point.

 

More comes to those who wait and can persevere and delay gratification a little longer to get what they want.  Therefore, it is a little concerning that with the drive through, point, and click mentality that is prevalent in society what the future holds.

 

Due to my nature, personality and my history of Bipolar Disorder, I was always like a shark moving onto the next big idea, payoff or summit.  I am just now establishing the habit of saving for what I need, planning for the things I require and determining the difference between a Want and a Need.

 

The only constant is Change.  If we can see the end at the beginning and focus on the moment, we can get through, over, and beyond whatever our Heart needs and desires.

Jeff S Turnbull

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