Sunday, September 9, 2012

Daily Inspiration 9-9-12

"A man who is a master of patience
is master of everything."

-- George Savile

Consider this equation that popped into my head today: Awareness + Adversity = Breakthrough.
 
I've talked several times of late about my desire to and practice in becoming a much more patient person. It is working so well that I get these 'ah-ha' moments realizing that I am actually exercising considerable, if not extreme patience in a normally stressful or irritating situation. Tonight there were more than one and it is so interesting to become aware that I am aware, or to see myself being patient.
 
It also struck me tonight that it adversity plays a major role in the process. Without adversity, there would be no need to learn, no thing to change, overcome, or make peace with. So, based on that, once we become aware, or desire to change and know we can by being aware of our reactions, then making changes in the thought process that creates the reactions changing them to responses instead is the work. Without the awareness, we would just keep repeating the same old reactionary patterns from the past.
 
Consequently, I began to actually get excited about the idea of adversity being in the mix and playing a part in my growth to the point of having gratitude for it being there. Again, without the adverse situation, it would not be possible to change, nor would there be a need to.
 
Breakthrough of course is that "ah-ha" moment. It is the realization that we have come through and are actually doing that which we hoped to achieve, which is to purposely and consciously be patient with as natural a response as can be.
 
So, to put it together, as I become more aware and meet adverse or irritating situations, or things, I have the opportunity to practice my patience, and in so doing achieve breakthroughs that strengthen, encourage and excite me to continue to grow into more patience. Because I really do believe that he who is a master of patience is a master of everything else.
Bring It! I'm Eager For The Practice! And, So Enjoying The Change. . .
 
Spread Some Joy Today--What upsets you? How can you sooth that?

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