Archive for the ‘Patience’ Category

If I have done the public any service, it is due to my patient thought.

—Sir Isaac Newton (1689, by Sir Godfrey Kneller; Public Domain)

I once had a boss who considered himself the quintessential leader. Unfortunately, his concept of leadership was barking orders, firing employees, and chronically looking at his watch as if his time was always being wasted. What he saw as leadership, others saw as personality flaws. 

Isaac Newton was a famed mathematician, physicist, astronomer, theologian, and author. With a list of accomplishments that long, it might seem as though he had little time to focus on any one matter. But a high level of patience was critically essential for his greatest achievements. He understood, as his quote illustrates, that constant, focused action must be accompanied by an almost spiritual patience. 


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Plautus on Patience

Patience is the best remedy for every trouble.

—Plautus, 254-184 BC, Roman playwright (Image Licensed)

It is often the case that when we most need to embrace the attribute of patience, we also happen to find ourselves in a most unsettled state of mind. When the frustrations of life seem to bubble over, the visceral reaction is to lash out, throwing our well-laid plans to the curb and questioning everything about them. Ironically, that is when it is most important to stick by and adhere to those plans. 

Whether chasing a personal, business, educational, or spiritual goal, consider this: the closer we get to its accomplishment, the more friction we tend to face. Instead of lamenting this condition, we should celebrate it! We have a golden opportunity to deliberately exert our personal power by getting back to work, instead of allowing external circumstances to dictate our mood and our actions. How we react while under pressure ultimately defines who we are and what we are becoming. 

—Mike Hazell

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Patience versus Inaction

Patience and inaction are two very different things. One requires emotional strength, while the other is a sign of emotional weakness.

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—Michael S. Hazell

Those who don’t understand the true meaning of patience often shun the attribute. They claim to know what they want, and they want it now. Unfortunately, they are often unwilling to tackle the specific, directed, often arduous or mundane actions needed to bring their vision to reality. That requires work, and they only want the desired outcome. Those who have a strong enough passion for that outcome, however, are willing to complete every required task standing between them and their desire. They have a faith-based patience, yet they work—day in and day out—to make that dream manifest within their lives. And that is what separates these extraordinary individuals from the pack of wishful thinkers. 


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Patience is bitter, but its fruit is sweet.

Rousseau, Jean-Jacques

— Jean-Jacques Rousseau

…When we read about highly successful people throughout history, we immediately see their great successes, but little is written of the day-to-day grind they put themselves through to achieve those successes. The eighteen-hour days, the failure upon failure, the ease with which they could have given up. They had no assurances, but they quietly pursued. Patience does not mean sitting idly by, just waiting for that day when one’s dreams suddenly manifest. Patience means working hard, day in and day out, with focus and conviction, understanding that each minute we pursue will ultimately be rewarded.


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Ambition can creep as well as soar.


—Edmund Burke

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