December 28, 2015

The Benefit of Patience Against all Reason

It is a rare trait to be tranquil when we’re being molded and re-shaped by adversity. We may want to scream, use ugly language, or hurt someone. Our last choice would probably be gratitude for the necessary growth process. Setbacks can set us up for unimaginable rewards. However, this thought doesn’t cross our minds; we’re in too much pain.

Prominent people often go through a painful preparation of pushing through all sorts of limitations before they see victory. I discuss many such cases in my self-help book, Accept No Trash Talk: Overcoming the Odds.

My last blog post was about finding freedom, or strength, through our trials. In this article, I would like to expand on that topic. I will be discussing how we should trust the uncomfortable process that is the ONLY road to victory. (Sorry, no slackers allowed. We can either avoid work or win the prize; it’s that simple. Your choice.)

Quotes on Trusting the Journey from Goodreads

 “If you’re still waiting for it, it means you’re not yet ready for it…whatever ‘it’ is…so stop looking at waiting as a punishment and start looking at it as preparation.”—Mandy Hale, The Single Woman: Life, Love, and a Dash of Sass
“Sometimes it takes a wrong turn to get you to the right place.”—Mandy Hale, The Single Woman: Life, Love, and a Dash of Sass
“What we are waiting for is not as important as what happens to us while we are waiting. Trust the process.”—Mandy Hale, The Single Woman: Life, Love, and a Dash of Sass
“Don’t be discouraged if people don’t see your vision, your harvest. All they see from their perspective is that you’re watering a whole lot of dirt. They don’t see what seeds you’ve been planting with blood, sweat, tears, and lack of sleep. Make sure you don’t neglect it because ‘they’ don’t see it. You have to know and believe for yourself. They don’t see the roots and what’s budding under the dirt. But it’s okay, because it’s no meant for them to see it. While you wait, MASTER it. You continue to do YOUR work and have unwavering faith! Remember why you started planting in the first place. Your harvest will come.”—Yvonne Pierre, The Day My Soul Cried: A Memoir

Wisdom from Bishop T.D. Jakes

 “They say that the mighty oak tree, which can grow up to eighty feet and a hundred feet wide, is nothing but a nut that refused to give up its ground. The acorn, which rarely grows larger than two inches tall, has the capacity to grow to nearly a thousand times its size…you may look like an absolute nut to other people because you are unwilling to quit…Be the nut who won’t give up ground, because every day teaches you something. Every day is a teacher that brings you new skills, new experiences, and new exposure.”—T.D Jakes, Destiny

“The Lord ordered steps…God knew I needed the experience of the process…Wisdom allowed endurance to mold me. When I tried to rush the process, God slowed me down…Every time I saw a destination, God saw me and ordered my circumstances to ready me for where I was trying to go.”—T.D Jakes, Destiny

Note: I highly recommend Pastor Jakes’ book. It can immediately renew your determination to succeed no matter what comes against you. He has overcome much, and so can we! It’s all a matter of faith and the willingness to work hard.

My Conclusion

How has your development brought you to a new level?

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