August 21     

Today's quotation:

When we get impatient because something is taking too long, we should remember that Life waits on us a thousand times more than we wait on Life.

Laura Teresa Marquez

Today's Meditation:

Everything is relative, isn't it?  Time is that way, of course.  Sometimes we get impatient, thinking that something should happen faster than it is happening, not keeping in mind that sometimes we simply have to wait for life to take its course.  It's easy for us to remember that we can't pick tomatoes until the seed sprouts, the plant grows, the tomatoes come out and ripen and are ready to be picked and eaten.  But at our jobs, that promotion may be waiting for us to mature in our work; our children may need more time to grow into certain behaviors; people we know may need more time to get to know us.

In my life, there have been many things that have taken me a very long time to learn, especially in interpersonal areas.  Not having any effective teachers when I was young, I needed a lot of time to learn things later on my own and from people other than my family.  Some people expected things from me that I wasn't able to do or give yet, and I try to keep that in mind when I'm expecting things from other people.  Perhaps they just aren't ready.

It's easy to understand when we consider just how focused our society it on saving time and getting things done quickly.  We want everything to happen now, and I know people who always expect a reply to their text messages immediately-- and they get upset if that doesn't happen.  We have microwave ovens to cook our food quickly, and phones in our pockets to contact people at a second's notice.  This focus on speed makes it much more difficult for us to be patient in other areas.

Developing patience seems to be a much more difficult task these days.  This isn't our fault, necessarily, but we can do ourselves a huge favor by stepping out of the "fast lane" and learning how to do some things more slowly and more carefully, letting them take their time to be done.  If I have a room and a paint brush and a can of paint, I'm not going to be able to paint the room in five minutes-- if the job's going to be done well, I need to allow enough time for it to get done.  Impatience won't help me in the slightest bit.

Questions to consider:

What kinds of things make you the most impatient?  Why?

How can we develop patience in this age of speed?

What are some of the problems that impatience can cause?

For further thought:

One of the expressions of Western over-reliance on technology can be seen in the lack of patience in industrial society.  When you deal with technology, everything happens at the touch of a button.  This conditions you to become so impatient that when you have an emotional or personal crisis, you don't allow time for the solution to take effect.  This leads to all sorts of rash responses, like quarrels, fights and so on.

The Dalai Lama

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