“Patience and fortitude conquer all things” wrote transcendentalist guru Ralph Waldo Emerson. And patience, being in such short supply in this world, may be the reason so many people feel drained and unhappy.
So how does one gain patience – to be able to withstand the storms of life? I’ve rummaged about in books and on the web and arrived with four key factors:
“Attitude, to me, is more important than facts… We cannot change the fact that people will act in a certain way… The only thing we can do is play on the one string we have, and that is our attitude. I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% of how I react to it.” ~Charles R. Swindoll
HUMANITY OVER EFFICIENCY
Don’t trade patience for efficiency, something we tend to do when using fast computers and personal productivity systems. Not everything in life should work instantly with the click of a button. There is beauty in trial and in error.
It might have been in a fatigue-induced state of enlightenment that ultramarathoner Dean Karnazes contemplated the following thought: “Don’t confuse comfort with happiness“.
Comfort keeps us warm and free of pain, suffering and failure. Yet suffering, and the ability to bear suffering, is an essential component of patience.
THE WORDS WE CHOOSE
To someone he just met, Socrates said “Talk in order that I may see you.” This is why we shouldn’t curse. Profanity undermines order and reveals a lack of self-mastery, a key determinant of a person’s ability to succeed.
American writer James A. Michener did extensive research on the subject of profanity and wrote:
‘Numerous committed revolutionaries have preached that the debasement of language is one of the most powerful weapons for the destruction of existing society. They argue,
‘If you can destroy the word, you can destroy the system‘.’
Now pick one you want to work on and do it!