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Patience as a virtue

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The concept of patience often asks us to accept that certain situations or desired outcomes may take time. During this waiting period, it is crucial to cultivate a sense of calmness and acceptance. Interestingly, this does not mean we cannot enjoy the present moment while practicing patience. In fact, enjoying the moment can make it easier to be patient and create a harmonious balance between these two seemingly contrasting ideas.

Patience is the ability to tolerate waiting, delay, or frustration without becoming agitated or upset. It involves maintaining our composure and self-control when faced with challenging situations or circumstances that might test our resilience and emotional fortitude. As a virtue, patience is essential for fostering personal growth, cultivating meaningful relationships, and achieving long-term goals. Ultimately, patience is about accepting the fact that some things in life take time and that there is value in the process as well as the outcome.

On the surface, patience and “enjoying the moment” might seem contradictory since patience involves waiting or enduring while “enjoying the moment” encourages being present and content with the current situation. However, these concepts are not necessarily opposites, but rather they complement each other in fostering a well-rounded and resilient mindset.

dandelion seeds swirling off a stem

Free floating – photo by Ford Roshan

Embracing the Present

While patience and enjoying the moment are interconnected in fostering a mindset that values both the process and the outcome of our experiences. Practicing patience allows us to be more mindful and present, which in turn helps us find joy in the present moment. Our worlds are full of interesting information and adventures, and when we turn our focus towards what is present now and away from what is not yet here, we will find ways to pleasantly fill our time while those things that haven’t yet manifested are in the process of being manifested.

The journey becomes more cherished and more enjoyable, because we are no longer in that mode of “are we there yet?” and instead in a space of appreciation for where we are right now. Where we are becomes as important to us or even more so as where we are headed. No longer are we in a state of yearning but in a state of appreciation. And as we learn to appreciate the journey, we also develop a deeper understanding of ourselves and our capabilities.

This process of self-discovery begins by embracing each experience as it unfolds in the moment it unfolds. By focusing our attention on the here and now, we become attuned to the subtle nuances of our thoughts, emotions, and reactions. In doing so, we can identify our strengths and areas for growth, strengthening our capacity to navigate life’s challenges effectively.

Furthermore, when we shift our focus from the end result to the process itself, we develop our resilience and capacity for patience. As we recognise that personal growth is not a linear path but rather a series of experiences, we can become more adaptable and open to change. Through this mindful approach, we gain a profound appreciation for the rich tapestry of experiences that shape our lives, enabling us to cultivate a sense of gratitude and fulfilment along the way. Ultimately, valuing the journey over the destination enriches our self-awareness and empowers us to live authentically and purposefully.

When we focus on being present and appreciating what we have right now, it also becomes easier to let go of the urgent need for immediate gratification or resolution. By enjoying the present and all it has to offer along the path towards our aspirations, we become more accepting of the time it takes for those aspirations to unfold. This sense of contentment in the current moment allows us to find peace amidst the waiting and embrace life’s journey with grace.

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photo by Dan Gold

Cultivating a Balance

Incorporating both patience and enjoyment of the present moment into our lives allows us to strike a balance that promotes our increased inner peace and satisfaction. By integrating these two concepts, we become better equipped to adapt to life’s inevitable ebbs and flows.

The fruits of whatever seeds we have sown throughout our lives are ready to be reaped at different stages of our lives. Impatience comes into play when we get hyper focused on the seeds that are still germinating and lose sight of those seeds that are fruiting. By being more present in the moment, we are allowing ourselves to pay attention to any fruits that are ready for harvesting.

In time, with practiced effort, you will find that your path towards those newer fruit trees are laden with the fruits of previously sown seeds. Meaning that the more we foster a here and now mindset, with the conscious awareness that we are and have been sowing seeds of thought throughout our lives, the better we will get at noticing the results of past labours while we are labouring for future results.

Patience and enjoying the moment are not mutually exclusive concepts. By embracing both, we create an environment that values the journey just as much as the destination. Through this balanced approach, we learn to appreciate the beauty of life’s unfolding, finding gratification and personal growth along the way. Understanding the nuances and connections between what we are putting out there and what is returning to us can truly enrich our perspective and approach to life.

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