Patience is a Virtue! But what does that mean?

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I’ve been giving words of wisdom and encouragement lately, but despite my positive outlook, it’s not always easy to stay positive. I needed some encouragement today, and a few thoughtful words from a friend did the trick. Have you ever prayed “god grant me patience?” Well how do you get patience, does it come when things are calm? Chances are you have to be in a situation that tests your patience, and helps to build it up. Sounds like a relatively simple lesson, except when we’re in a situation, it’s very hard to step back and see the bigger picture.

I’ve been learning that sometimes you have to just enjoy the journey you’re on, that’s what life is all about, enjoying each and every moment. I though this would be a fitting time to stop and reflect on what my friend said. Despite all the positive steps I’ve taken in other parts of my life, I’m not ideally where I’d like to be in my work life. As my friend thoughtfully said “you’re not necessarily happy …yet you’re right where you need to be, enjoy the journey and know the best is yet to come.” Those words got me thinking, she’s absolutely right. I’ve been praying for patience, and here I was in a situation that isn’t ideally where I’d like to be, and I couldn’t recognize that this was an opportunity to gain patience. This was of course only the beginning of an awesome day. The situation I thought I was heading towards is not what was actually destined to happen. I had a really awesome day, and it set me up for another great day tomorrow. All it took was a few well thought out words to get me in the right mindset.

This led me to change my mindset, I didn’t know how my day was going to go, but that shouldn’t stop me form doing my best. If there is one point I’d like you to remember is this! None of us can control the future, and the past has already gone, we can’t do anything about that. But we still have control of this very moment, I could have been in bed watching TV, instead I’m choosing to listen to music, and let my thoughts guide my fingers. I’m not sure who these words are going to encourage or lift up. But I still have control of what I do in this very moment. I decided that I was going to do my best (the best that I’m capable of right now, noting more or less), be in the moment and maintain control of my actions. In that I found my strength, I didn’t worry about where I though I was going, not focusing on the bad outcome I was predicting. Of course the outcome I though I was certainly heading towards never happened, instead I was victorious, and I accomplished much more than I though I was capable of.

What about your life, are you in a situation that you don’t think is ideal? Do you think that you’re heading for let down or disappointment? What if you can change that outcome, what if you stop focusing on that bad outcome you’re certain is coming? What if you just focused on what you’re doing right now, is life giving you an opportunity to turn things around? Those are a lot of what if scenarios, but you’re still just guessing, none of us knows how the future is going to play out. So like the lesson I learnt today. Live in the moment, do your best right now. It’s possible that the Universe (or God) has a different plan for you. Sometimes it’s ok to just take a breath, relax and see what happens next.

What do you think, am I on the right path? Will anyone else join me, do your best that you can right now, and let the future be the future.

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