The Paradox of Patience

Orson F. Whitney once said that no pain that we suffer, no trial that we experience, is wasted. All that we suffer and all that we endure, especially when we endure it patiently, builds up our character, purifies our hearts, expands our souls, and allows us to serve others.

Whitney’s statement made me examine how I process patience. After careful reflection, I realized that I only practice controlled patience in certain aspects of my life. For example, if I’m stuck in traffic or waiting in a long line at the grocery store, I can suppress my irritation or desire to become frustrated. But when it comes to things that are related to fulfilling my purpose I fall short. This changes today! My urgency for success conflicts with my desire to appreciate the little things and how far I’ve come on my purpose path. Patience doesn’t mean waiting for “a while”. It means waiting as long as it takes while enjoying the journey.

The ability to remain calm, when facing difficulty, demonstrates that you understand that having patience is how you begin to see the value in your mistakes. If you really want to live a rewarding life, you must incorporate this practice daily. The process will ultimately reveal a wiser, stronger you.

By Dr. Avis Foley

Co-Publisher, Purpose Weekly

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