Patience, Young (Or Old) One

Patience, something those of us who don’t have it strive for. In the Star Wars universe, Master Yoda talks extensively about patience. Patience with yourself. Patience with others. I think patience is simple in principle, but very difficult to master. To be patient with the unfolding of life proves to be one of the great challenges of my own life.

I Want It Now

Ever seen the old “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory?” There’s a bratty young girl named Veruca. She wants everything right now. It’s an easy mode to get in. We want all the answers right now. What should I do with my life? We want the answer to that immediately. What should I do with any big decision? We tend to want the answer to hit us like a lightning bolt. I hate to break it to you, but any big decision takes time and patience and should not be done quickly – especially if you are an emotional wreck. Now for little old Veruca, just take a look at this video and see for yourself what a lack of patience looks like.

Anything Important Takes Time

There’s a lot that goes into any big decision. Ever seen, “The Lord of the Rings – the Two Towers?” In it, there are a race of tree-like creatures called the Ents. The hobbits are trying to get the Ents to go to war against the evil wizard Saruman and the Orcs. They spend many ┬áhours and hours in the forest debating whether they should do this or not. Eventually they decide not to. However, as you will see from this movie clip, the leader of the Ents, Treebeard, sees the devastation wrought by Saruman and the Orcs and they change their mind to go to war.

All Will Be Revealed

In the end, if you exercise patience and restraint with any decision, you will have time to think very clearly about it and what you want. And if you are an emotional wreck, you will have time to heal yourself and be even stronger. Only make a big decision when you are completely strong and centered with yourself. Better yet, make it when you have gone through the debating and pain to be even stronger than you were before. I believe that with patience, any big decision will have its path revealed.

Be patient, friends. There are things in life we feel very strongly about. But wait until you feel completely certain about that decision before making it.

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