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To achieve victory, all it takes is patience

Do you have patience? If you are not sure, I'll not tarry for an answer. Instead, let's analyse this attribute in brief. VN Chhibber writes.

india Updated: Mar 10, 2011 00:05 IST
VN Chhibber

Do you have patience? If you are not sure, I'll not tarry for an answer. Instead, let's analyse this attribute in brief.

We are either too preoccupied with the burden of past failures or engaged in daydreaming about our future. Both are futile exercises in the sense that one cannot be undone, while the other is unknown. So, better live fully on a day-to-day basis.

Living as such, patience is needed in all human roles, whether spouse, son, daughter or seniors. Research scholars spend years and then wait for the convocation. Students and competitors have to do so much paper work and face red tape. Professional courses run into several years. In fact, all good things in life take a lot of time and patience. If one loses patience, one is in for frustration.

Patience is a calm endurance in any endeavour. One has to be patient and understanding. Inner cheer keeps you working. "Let not the fruits of action be thy motive, nor be thy attachment to inaction", says the Bhagvad Gita.

A tortoise knows when to withdraw and wait. It keeps its appendages under wraps, under its shell, during adverse times. And later, it moves on.

"Your work is to discover your work, and then with all your heart give yourself to it" (Buddha). Have quietude that reflects on your face. A peaceful mind awaits results or resolution. Waiting period may be utilised in meditation and prayer.

Patience tells us that life's journey is step by step, no short cuts, no instant results. Give a positive response to a negative situation. Look at the brighter side. With time, things fall in place. Progress begets prosperity.

In the long run, a patient person discovers that within every setback lies an opportunity. There is a reason and season for everything. Why jump the rails when the gate is closed. The entire future lay before you to change track. Patience is one of the divine virtues, you have it if you nurture the habit with His blessings and grace.