To Lose Patience is To Lose the Battle

 

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To lose patience is to lose the battle“, thus said Mahatma Gandhi, the chief leader of the Indian independence movement during the time of British-ruled India.

Well, you may not be battling any empire or anyone, but you may be battling your own impatience and growing restlessness inside. Impatience can make you irritable and your blood pressure surge, defeating your composure. Impatience can even make you lose your temper and go wild. It can also make you sulk in a corner and throw in the towel.  

Have you failed in your endeavors before and are now losing it – I mean, your patience? Or are you just starting out fresh and want fast results? Or are you in the middle of some difficult work and feel like it is not going anywhere?  Relax, my friend, for that is not the way it works in this existence of ours. 

Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience“, Ralph Waldo Emerson concluded. Emerson was a prominent American essayist and poet who lived in the 1800’s. He was a nature  observer and learned many things from it. He must have mused on its “pace”- like how the sun rises up in the morning, then comes noontime, afternoon, dusk, night, midnight, dawn, then morning again; or how there are different seasons in a year: like there must be summer, then fall, winter, and spring; or how animals, like humans, start out as babies before becoming full-grown. He must have noted how there must be a pace or a succession of measured movements or stages at certain periods of time, on living things or not. 

There is no  royal road to anything, one thing at a time, all things in succession. That which grows fast, withers as rapidly. That which grows slowly, endures“, explained Josiah Gilbert Holland, an American novelist and poet who also lived in the 1800’s. 

Things do not come instantly or in a matter of days. Let us go to the Bible, in the book of Ecclesiastes:

To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under heaven”. (Ec. 3.1 KJV)
” . . . a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted” (Ec. 3.2)

If you want to reap your own apples, you need to start at the beginning, which is planting first the seeds. Next, you have to water daily the seeds and remove weeds that grow around them. You may need to apply ground fertilizer, if necessary. In short, you have to cultivate them. It takes time before it produce a stem, then blossom. It will some more time before it bears its first fruits, then more time before they ripen.  

If your time-earned apple tress get withered or choked by the thick growth of weeds due to your negligence, what are you going to do? You have to do something about it, right? You have to clean their area and start watering them again; or if it’s too late, plant another set of seeds. That’s how patience works. If a storm destroyed them, you just have to do all over again. The next time around should be better because you learned a thing or two from the past, and you would be able think of other ways so that those regrettable things don’t happen again. Whining and ruing is okay, just don’t let it go beyond a couple of days, for it is not going to help at all.

A failure could be a way for redirection:

“. . . a time to break down, and a time to build up“. (Ec. 3.3

The two most powerful warriors are patience and time“, declared Russian novelist Leo Tolstoy. Let us look at the Bible again:

“But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect, and entire, wanting nothing”. (Ja. 1.4)

Patience can’t be obtained overnight. It must be exercised or practiced like you  would build up muscles in a workout gym, but can eventually be perfected

Diligence or persistence is a product of patience. A person persists or perseveres because he has patience, otherwise he or she would have quit already.  

Let us listen to what Jacob Riis, a Danish journalist (1849-1914), had to say concerning patience:

“When nothing seems to help, I go and look at a stone cutter hammering away at his rock, perhaps a hundred times without as much as a crack showing in it.
Yet, at a hundredth and first blow, it will split in two, and I know it was not the last blow that did it, but all that had gone before”. 

 

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See? Patience connotes not only effort, but also time. The following is a related input from Albert Einstein:

“I think and think for months and years, ninety-nine times, the conclusion is false. The hundredth time, I am right”.

Whatever have happened in the past, or is happening now, or will happen next, don’t stop or quit. Just take a break and refocus. You will get there to whatever you are trying to achieve. If you are not trying to achieve anything, at least just go on with life. After all, 

Better is the end of a thing than the beginning thereof . . .” (Ec. 7.8)

Let patience prevail and perfect its form, and beat that enemy within. 

Finally, a word from Benjamin Franklin, an American inventor, statesman, and one of the founding fathers of the United States:

He that can have patience can have whatever he will“.


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THE PHILOSOPHY OF CHRIST

Philosophy is defined in Webster’s Dictionary, among others, as “a particular system of principles for the conduct of life”.

and, “the sum of the ideas and convictions of an individual or group“.

Well, here is the main idea and conviction of Christ:

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If we can just follow this pure and simple philosophy, then we wouldn’t have a need for the rigors of a religion!

*CHRISTIANITY, IN ESSENCE, IS NOT A RELIGION, BUT A PHILOSOPHY.

SURVIVAL OF THE FIT: running cures/prevents many ailments

The Rock Fortress

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Man is not only born to walk. He is also born to run.

Were the dogs, cats, tigers, wolves, bears, or even chickens, just created to walk? They were also created to run. And we are just like them!

If we remove running, or the part of running in our life system, then there will be undesirable consequences. Why? Because it is innate part of nature. And we are nature.

“To exist is to persist”, said Benedictus Spinoza, a Dutch philosopher who lived in the 17th century. Running is an act and attitude of persistence. It is an expression of the  ‘will to live’.

When we were young, we used to move a lot, play a lot, and run a lot. As we age, we tend to lessen these activities until we come to a point that we seldom move, play, or run. And that is when we RETROGRADE. We…

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Money’s usefulness STOPS one day…

The Rock Fortress

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It will be rendered worthless. Obsolete.

Imagine billions, or rather trillions of U.S. dollars going to waste because we would have NO NEED for them. The same thing goes for euro, or yen, or rial, or peso, or whatever currency unit your country is using right now. If you live in this planet, this concerns you. 

Why is this so? It is simply because this present world system that we are in right now will STOP one day. And why is that so? Because IT IS SO. In that appointed time (by God, of course, who else can appoint such time?). the Great Day will come. It is also referred to as the Last Day, Last Judgment, Day of Reckoning, Day of the Lord, or Day of Wrath, etc.

Call it whatever you want, but that is the day everyone (including kings, presidents, magnates, movie stars, celebrities, etc.) faces God…

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The Necessity of Pain and Difficulty

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I keep writing and learning as often as I could because I don’t want to be dulled by the ordinary existence. 

I fix and improve anything that needs fixing and improving at work and at home to keep my brain working and the doldrums away.

I regularly do a fast five-kilometer run every three days to keep me physically and mentally able. 

I enjoy doing somewhat difficult work that others may try to avoid.

I do these, because…. No one grows and gets transformed leading an easy life. This is a fact no one can refute.

Just imagine if you were born very rich. You have everything you need and can have everything else you want. In fact, you don’t have to work. Why work? You have already piles of money. Working is basically for earning money, right? You work so you can buy food, pay bills, pay for education, etc.

You also don’t have to go to school, or college, or get skills training. Education is for getting a job, right? Why would you need a job? You already have a lot of money.

This is the easy life. There is nothing to aspire for, or work for. There is nothing to be concerned of, or worry about. Everything is taken care of.

You can just eat, play, and then, sleep. You can travel the world, go to parties and concerts, go shopping everyday, eat out everyday, frequent the casinos, etc. 

After years of doing this, you might say to yourself that it’s tiring, and boring.Why? It’s because there is no struggle, no stimulus, and no challenge. Emptiness could set in and you could do many things to fill the void. That may include indulgence in food, alcohol, parties, drugs, or even sex orgies.

Andrew Matthews, a bestselling author, said “That’s why so many children of the rich and famous overdose on heroin and blow their brains out. They have no challenge. Whether they work or not, their materials needs are met”. There are those who resort to crimes, or at endpoint, suicides.

The easy life does not bring out your inner powers, your capabilities, and your innate intelligence. It blunts them.These things come out only when there are tasks, projects, and problems to solve. They come out when there are necessities to be taken care of.

When God calls you, He doesn’t say, “Pssst…come here.” He gives you hard life, even on the outset. He could let you stumble and fall at your own faults, and then take the opportunity. He could let you have a serious accident, a cancer, or a financial failure, etc. He does not minimize the difficulties because they can be good for you. These are all to create an atmosphere of helplessness, and so therefore the need for Him.

The Psalmist David said:

“Blessed is the man whom thou choosest, and causest to approach unto thee, that he may dwell in thy courts…(Ps. 65.4 KJV)”.  

The Lord uses difficulties and problems as tools to make us realize, grow, and ultimately be transformed into something much, much better, even if it takes many years.

Besides, if He lets you wallow in comfort, luxury, pleasure, and indulgence, that may mean you have a big problem. Why? You’re probably not His. The Lord chastens His.

“But if ye be without chastisement, whereof all are partakers, then are ye bastards, and not sons”. (Heb. 12.8)

So be thankful if unpleasant things come your way. They could be for correction and direction, hence for your development and perfection.

King Solomon advised:

  • “Sorrow is better than laughter: for by the sadness of the countenance the heart is made better”,
  •  “The heart of the wise is in the house of mourning; but the heart of fools is in the house of mirth”. (Ec. 7.3-4)

I have fully realized the purpose of, and appreciated all the pains and difficulties I have gone through, whether of my fault or not, because I know now they were for my good. 

ref: (Heb. 12.8-11)

 

RHYMER OF GOD SERIES: food for the soul repackaged (#12)

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The Invisible Guide

If you could fully trust Him – whom you cannot see:
then, He could show a way you never thought could be. 

If you could acknowledge Him, when days seem to be dim:
then, He could give a hint where you should be going. 

If you could fully believe in Him – whom  you’ve never seen;
that He is present, in control, and on top of things;

If you could discard your notions of how things should be;
and one hundred percent lean on the Lord Almighty:

Then, He could not just watch you from a view,
but SHALL guide and direct your paths for you !

ref: pr. 3.5-6