Waiting is tough. Waiting is especially tough in a world which constantly blinks: instant gratification comes from news sites and social media and the stream of “news” is constantly updated, changing, and gone in a second. This idea shouldn’t be new (you are reading this on the web). But what gets lost when we forgo patience and give in to the constant need to go-go-go?
What You See
Take a look at the pictures of the sky below this paragraph. The four pictures have the exact same angle of the exact same subject. The only difference between the four pictures is the time light was allowed into the frame. In the darkest photo, the shutter was open for one second. As the time increases from one second to 3 seconds to 8 seconds and finally to 12 seconds, the pictures go through some dramatic transformations.
Staging these photos was not easy. First, the camera had to stay exactly still or the whole frame would become a blurry mess. As time passed, more light was taken in and the stars become brighter than what was even perceptible to the eye. Holding everything else constant, preparation, patience, and the art of waiting was the difference in seeing a few bright stars and seeing a portion of the whole entire universe.
Patience can open up the heavens.
Why You Need Patience
Usually when a person describes themselves as having “patience,” what they really mean to say is that the procrastinate. But patience is not a reason to be lazy. Nor is patience an excuse to give in to fear and abandoned something important.
What real patience gives you perspective. If you’re struggling to find meaning and purpose, do not try to rush it. If you know what you want but are struggling to reach for it, then wait just a bit. Be patient, and allow the world to open up before you. Even if life has you in a dark pit, do not lose heart. The faintest light becomes visible with time. It will be okay, just look at the picture above for proof. Stars shine in the darkness.