Have you ever had a feeling as though you have been waiting so long for something to happen and it still hasn’t happened? In today’s fast and rapid world where everyone is busy running errands – where “instant gratification” bug drives all our decisions and behaviours, “patience” is something pretty hard to find.
We live in a quick-fix society. We get frustrated if we have to wait more than 2 minutes for service or a stop light to change. We want instant solutions to every complex problem and every fractured relationship. In short – we want it all now! Maybe its time to reflect on an old, old poem by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow that is as true today as it was when he wrote it over 100 years ago:
“The heights by great men reached and kept
Were not attained by sudden flight,
But they, while their companions slept,
Toiled ever upward through the night.”
The fact of the matter is, Today everyone has “watch” but very few have “time” to spend with someone, to share some moments of love, intimacy, closeness, ecstasy and be the reason someone smiles today!
Treat the mind gently, patiently, and compassionately. Since we have allowed it license for so many years, it is not fair to expect it to come round in a day or two.