Did you know that patience can actually get you there faster?
You mean, moving slower, can get me there faster than moving more quickly and taking action?
Yes! But we know this right? The tortoise and the hare? I want to dig into this, because I believe it’s even more important than we’ve been led to believe.
So, what is impatience but a lack of trust?
Trust that something will happen, that what we want will get to us, that we’ll reach that milestone. When things don’t work out on our own timeline, we worry that it won’t happen at all or we stress that we won’t be able to handle not having what we want when we want it.
Going back to the first episode on resourcefulness, what if we decided to believe in our capacity to handle whatever comes our way? If we can’t control what obstacles, delays, or setbacks come our way, then let’s at least know that we can handle them, no matter what. We can pivot, we can adjust, we can figure it out.
Trust in our ability to adapt, to think outside the box, to be resourceful with what we already have, to make important decisions, to handle consequences when we make mistakes, and to listen to our intuition.
Then there’s trust in our intuition. Listening to our intuition, our gut, our instincts, is a way for us to communicate directly with the universe and receive guidance toward an aligned path we can take around any obstacle in our way.
With this trust in our own internal guidance system, we know it’s okay when things outside of us seem completely out of our control. We know it’s okay when things go wrong or when expectations are thrown out the window. Because we know we got this, no matter what.
Patience naturally occurs when we have trust, not only in ourselves, but in the natural order of the universe. Everything is impermanent. Circumstances change. Struggle is temporary, pain is temporary, the world flows in cycles of peaks, valleys, deaths and rebirths. Our path is forever winding, often never a straight shot to the peak.
Sometimes it may feel like a certain phase of our life is lasting forever, but it never does, because our lives themselves are temporary. No matter what.
And the paradox is, the greater patience we have, the quicker our life will evolve.
Here’s a beautiful example of how this works:
Imagine you’re swimming in still water, say a lake. And you want to get to a flower that’s floating on the surface of the water. The more force you use in pushing forward toward the flower, the farther away the flower is pushed by the ripples of the waves you’re creating on the surface of the water.
The more you become frustrated and impatient and desperate trying to force something to come to you, the farther away it’s pushed. This is reflective of energetic truths of the universe as well.
Now, imagine you are moving slowly, patiently, and gently toward the flower. The ripples are softer, gentler, maybe they almost stop altogether, and over time, you’re able to finally reach the flower. Beautiful, right?
But wait, there’s a third option. Yeah. Imagine you pay attention to the slight breeze in the air. And look, the breeze is actually moving the flower gently in a certain direction. You notice the direction it’s going, and you move and position yourself so that the breeze is blowing the flower directly toward you. Then you can even stand in complete stillness and wait for the flower to naturally blow straight over to you.
Does that work in real life though? How does that play into the metaphor? How do I know which direction the wind is blowing? How do I know where to stand in stillness and patience, waiting for the flower to blow right over to me?
It’s all in your intuition. Your intuition can tell you exactly where to go and where to stand. And it can tell you when the wind changes and when you need to change course. It can guide you in understanding the ways of the universe and the truths of divine timing, so that what you desire can be brought straight to you.
Crazy right? When this metaphor came through to me, it blew my mind.
This is how patience works at bringing our desires, our purpose, whatever the flower represents, straight to us.
I talk through this and a few other metaphors in the video. Each of these methods requires patience, because we aren’t in control of the timelines. But as you can see, being patient can actually shorten the timeline if we allow it.
If you embrace patience and sit in stillness a little longer, what does your intuition say to you?
I love you, you’re beautiful, exactly as you truly are.