Here is an excerpt from my book, SEVEN STEPS TO INNER POWER. As you read through this, think about what it means to truly be patient.
True patience means you keep the power turned on as you knowingly wait for what you’ve been working toward to appear at its appointed time. Patience is knowing the truth and expecting the truth to manifest. This knowing and expecting is part of the process of being your Silent Master. Thus, when you express true patience, you think as your Silent Master thinks.
Say you’ve been trying to get pregnant for a long time and are ecstatic that it has finally happened. You have a little morning sickness and at last you get over that. After three months, do you say, “Where is my baby? I’m ready to get this over with. Let’s go.” At five months, at six months, at eight months and beyond, you have to be patient until the baby’s development is complete.
Let’s take a totally different situation. Say your home was destroyed in a flood and has to be rebuilt. After the builders have started working on it for a couple of weeks, is it realistic to ask the builder, “Where is my home? Where’s the finished living room? Where’s the kitchen? When can I move in?” You don’t do that because you know how much time it takes to build a new home. You’ve done your planning, you’ve sacrificed to make it happen and stayed loyal to your goal, and now you are patiently awaiting the conclusion of the project. When you are manufacturing a new product, you know you have to move through stages one, two, and three before you can move on to stages four, fix, and six. In order to avoid a lot of frustration and anxiety about the project and instill patience, you carefully chart where you are in the process.
Your life is also a work in progress. It takes time for you to grow and mature. Everything requires a certain time frame for its completion. Although we may not be aware of the timing of the processes in our life, those stages still exist and we are moving through them. This may be a much more far-reaching view of patience than you are used to. You may think of patience as what you need when you have to wait for an hour at the doctor’s office or when you have to wait in a long line at the grocery store. What I’m talking about is a whole different level of patience. Sometimes you have to be patient for years to achieve certain life goals. When you are in the middle of that process, you can’t allow yourself to get easily disappointed with every delay and use that as an excuse to give up.