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Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Patience and Time.

Patience [noun]

  1. The quality of being patient, as the bearing of provocation, annoyance, misfortune, or pain, without complaint, loss of temper, irritation or the like.
  2. an ability or willingness to suppress restlessness or annoyance when confronted with delay: to have patience with a slow learner.
  3. quiet, steady perseverance; even-tempered care; diligence: to work with patience.

This is what's lacking in the world. Not from mine, but from others. People need to relax and be more patient. Not everything needs to be done instantly. It's ridiculous when you think about time. It never ends. It just keeps on going. Doesn't stop for anyone or anything. Just, goes. Seconds, minutes, hours, days, weeks, months, years... Time is endless.

If you take a step back and seriously think about time, you realise how much of it you waste on being impatient. Let's use my life as an example. Say I live until the age of 80. There are 365 days in a year (roughly, we won't count leap years). Simple mathematics shows my life equates to 29,220 days. Now, there are 24 hours in a day, correct ? That's 701,280 hours of my life. Each hour is made of 60 minutes. 42,076,800 minutes for the total of my existence. To sum it up, life is a serious heap of time.

How much of that time do you think you spend being sad ? Hurt ? Angry ? Happy ? Loved ? Stressed ? Patient ? I don't think enough people spend enough time being patient. We spend so much of our time on being sad, happy, angry, loved, etc. that we forget to be patient with life. We only care for what's happening now, and in some cases, what's not happening now but should be. We want what we want, we don't care for patience or time. We just want it when we want it. We don't want to wait for things to go our way. We want our way, all of the time.
Humans are selfish creatures.

No one has a moment to spare for others. We all have to "check our schedules" and see if we can "pencil you in". I have absolutely no idea how people run out of time when it's infinite. If the day ends, there's always tomorrow. Why must everything happen in the present ? No one wants to wait until tomorrow, or the day after, or anything. Time is no longer valued or cherished. It's all about getting what you can from now. The future almost seems non-existent when you concentrate on nothing but the present.

The only time people care for time, is when they think they're running out of it. Unless you have a terminal illness, I highly suggest you rethink before you say something stupid like, "Oh, I don't have enough hours in the day."
Just, you know, think about what you're saying before you say it. If you can't get what you want done in a single day, then maybe you shouldn't take on so much in one day. It's not time's fault you failed for the day/month/whatever. It's your own fault. It's their fault. It's everybody else's fault, except time's. Time didn't run away from you. Time didn't disagree with you. Time isn't stubborn. You are. Time does exactly what it's supposed to do - it kept going. You just failed to keep up. You lost track of time.

I swear to goodness if people were more patient, they would be happier. Stop stressing about what you can't complete. Focus on what you can accomplish. The world is not going to end if you don't get your way. Time will not stop for you. It will not go back for you. It won't even go faster for you. Time obeys itself. Patience is the only ability you have to make yourself work best for time. You can't make time work for you, it doesn't work like that. You rule your life by the elements of time, not the other way around. Minutes do not last longer because you want them to. Minutes last 60 seconds because that's the rule. If you can't make yourself work with that, then you need to be more patient.

Fast food, express lanes, instant meals, taking short cuts... You name it, there's a way to make it quicker. People have forgotten how much time they really do have. 42,076,800 minutes. How is that not enough ? How can something that doesn't end, that lasts forever, not be enough for people ? How long is it going to take before someone takes a step back and says, "Hey, you know what ? This is going to take longer than I thought and that's okay. There's always more time" ? I don't know how long that's going to take for everyone else, but I do it a lot. I stop and appreciate time. I understand that it will go on without me. I understand that if I fall behind, time's not going to wait for me to catch up. I have to keep up with time.

Time has been around before I was born. Before any of us were born. It's going to keep going when we're gone. When everyone and everything is gone, all that's left is time. It does not end. It does not finish. It does not stop. Time is the only thing any of us have that will last forever.

Don't say you don't have enough time. You have exactly the same number of hours per day that were given to Helen Keller, Pasteur, Michaelangelo, Mother Teresa, Leonardo da Vinci, Thomas Jefferson and Albert Einstein.  ~ H. Jackson Brown, Jnr.
What makes you think you deserve any more time than they were given ?

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