Patience,where art thou?

How many times have we started something and then given up? Plenty of
times! And most of the time the reason why we give up is due to the fact
that we cannot wait. We have other work today and hence we don’t have
the patience to wait for the results to show up. Many a times we may be
very close to achieving what we want to achieve, but then with no
success in sight and with growing impatience, we give up!
Patience is a virtue that we rarely find these days. We live in a world
in which things are done instantaneously. Hungry? There is the 2 minute
instant noodles! (It never gets cooked in 2 minutes. That’s a different
story!). Need a cuppa? There’s instant coffee. Want to get in touch with
someone? There’s instant messaging. Want to watch a movie? Download it
instantly!
But what happens if that instant message of yours does not get
delivered? We yell, we shout! We curse the network provider! And the
situation is worse if the message gets delivered and we don’t get a
reply. We call the other person. And if we fail to get a response even
then, God save that person! A slow internet connection makes us get
angry. In this age of instant gratification, something that is not
instant is distant for us!
We refuse to wait. In our quest to get instant results, we sometimes
fail to see that short is not always sweet. Our answered prayers are
being answered in some way that we don’t see. Maybe our dream project
isn’t taking off because this isn’t the right time for it. Or maybe we
have many failures because we still need to learn many things before we
are successful.
When we plant a seed, it takes time to sprout and then grow to be a
plant and then a tree. But once when we plant the seed, if we keep
digging the soil to check whether the seed is sprouting or not, the seed
never sprouts. What we need to do is wait. We must be patient and keep
watering till the plant grows. Similarly, in life there are times when
all we need to do is just wait with hope. There is light at the end of
the tunnel. But we must walk towards that end to see the light! And
sometimes you can chase a butterfly all over the field and never catch
it. But if you sit down quietly on the grass, it may come and sit on
your shoulder!
Patience may seem bitter but it’s fruit is sweet.

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