Immediate Gratification vs. Virtuous Patience

Patience is bitter; but fruit is sweet.
— Jean-Jacques Rousseau

A friend of mine in college would always tell me, "Patience is a virtue." - being patient is often easier said than done.  Why?  Because we want what we want; and we want it RIGHT NOW.  

In this day and age, we can have just about anything we want delivered to our door.  Whether its a date from Tinder, a sushi dinner from Postmates, groceries from Amazon or a black car with driver from Uber.  

The point is, we don't have to wait for much these days.  So the concept of patience is sort of diminished because of the advances in technology and mindset of the creators of today.  There's still hope.  People like myself.  Those of us from "Gen X" who still remember the time before cell phones and social media, it is up to us to bridge the gap!

Those of us who have children - like my 15 year old son - often find ourselves having conversations requiring us to teach our youth the value and virtue of practicing patience.  I find myself having chats with my son on nearly a daily basis about why its a good idea for him to "plant seeds in his life now, that he can manifest in his future".  

Then I see the blank stare on his face; and can feel him waiting for the "lecture" to be over.  

The story of the acorn, that while it began humble, eventually becomes a massive Oak Tree is really about patience.  Patience and determination.  While immediate gratification may seem like a good thing - the truth is, there's a lot of patience and determination that feeds into the existence of the things we get to do, be and have.  

Think of it this way, if the creators of Social Media ... actually if the creators of THE INTERNET (lol to my Auntie .. inside jokes inserted here) didn't have the vision, determination and patience to see it fruition, we wouldn't have cool things like FaceTime.  Who doesn't love FaceTime?  I sure do!  I like that no matter where I am in the WORLD, I can see my son's face, hear his voice and just connect with him.  

If not for the patience of someone else, I would be without some of the luxuries I rely on every day. 

Some people say things like, 'Time waits for no one' - and those people are correct.  Time does not wait; but YOU can.  Waiting doesn't mean sitting around like a bump on a log, literally waiting for life to happen around you.  It means waiting with purpose, with patience and determination.  The results of patience are in many cases, a little more gratifying that what comes instantly.  

Think about it.  Would you rather have a pizza baked in a brick oven, or a microwave?  I will take the brick oven any day. 

Find some space in your day to exercise patience.  You may be pretty satisfied with the outcome. 

Namaste

 

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