Episode 126: Don’t Be Impatient

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“Do not be impatient with your seemingly slow progress. Do not try to run faster than you presently can. If you are studying, reflecting and trying, you are making progress whether you are aware of it or not. A traveler walking the road in the darkness of night is still going forward. Someday, some way, everything will break open, like the natural unfolding of a rosebud.” ~ Vernon Howard from The Power of Your Supermind

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Don’t Be Impatient

“Do not be impatient with your seemingly slow progress. Do not try to run faster than you presently can. If you are studying, reflecting and trying, you are making progress whether you are aware of it or not. A traveler walking the road in the darkness of night is still going forward. Someday, some way, everything will break open, like the natural unfolding of a rosebud.” ~ Vernon Howard from The Power of Your Supermind

Love that.

Reminds me of James Arthur Ray in his great book, Harmonic Wealth (see Notes). He tells us: “Everything has a gestation period, a time period that must pass before things will come into form. If you plant a carrot seed, it takes about seven weeks for the sprout to make its above-dirt entrance. Bamboo, which can grow up to thirteen feet in as little as one week, takes up to seven years to break through the surface of the ground. But for seven long years it looks like absolutely nothing’s happening. Now that takes some commitment.”

Isn’t that *amazing*?? It takes a bamboo up to SEVEN years to break through the ground at which point it can grow thirteen feet in a week!

*rubs eyes*

Wow. That’s cool.

I love the whole idea of patience and gestation periods. It’s amazing how easily we can forget that EVERYTHING takes time, eh? We’d *never* think to rush a baby in her mommy’s tummy--pushing for “results” in four months instead of nine! And we don’t get frustrated when a carrot seed takes seven weeks to sprout. So, how about we apply some of that wisdom to our lives and bring a little more patience to our own evolution?!?

(And, Epictetus is always helpful whenever we’re a little too impatiently frisky: “No great thing is created suddenly, any more than a bunch of grapes or a fig. If you tell me that you desire a fig, I answer you that there must be time. Let it first blossom, then bear fruit, then ripen.” :)