"One has to wait without impatience for what should come,
and yet at the same time do everything within one's power as
though one were impatient and as though one were solely responsible."
-- Rodney Collin
Impatience is such a common thing in today's world, yet most don't seem to realize that impatience is fear. We want to control the outcome and control destiny.
This quote by John Glenn demonstrates most people's attitudes about the subject of control: "To sit back and let fate play its hand out and never influence it is not the way man was meant to operate."
I understand these sentiments and this philosophy and have dealt with it all my life until late and the results were not commensurate with the desire to succeed. Instead, I had more fear in the form of disappointment, worry and sometimes even desperation.
Ever try to pound a square peg in a round hole? Trying to control the outcome to a predetermined agenda is like that.
Here's another interesting quote on this subject by Frank Goble: "Because of their courage, their lack of fear, they (creative people) are willing to make silly mistakes. The truly creative person is one who can think crazy; such a person knows full well that many of his great ideas will prove to be worthless. The creative person is flexible--he is able to change as the situation changes, to break habits, to face indecision and changes in conditions without undue stress. He is not threatened by the unexpected as rigid, inflexible people are."
I certainly believe in knowing what you want, but what I have found is that it is best to be flexible about that idea of an outcome. It is entirely possible that you might get more or better than you originally planned out in your mind. I know this from experience and I know it from other peoples experience.
When one thing didn't seem to work out, I began to relax in that knowing that something better was on its way. It is the essence of faith in what you want and belief that you will have it, but getting tied to how it will happen is a perpetual problem.
I've said this a few times, but is worth repeating. I have a big sign on my wall to remind me every single day. It says, "WHAT is my job. HOW is God's job." We decide what we want and we imagine the outcome as best we can. Then as we are inspired to act, we act with what we have available at the time and we let go of the rest and it will all work out perfectly--probably even better than we imagined. That is the essence of trust.
Ask, Believing And It Is Yours. Relax In That. Trust.
Spread Some Joy Today--As you're doing your thing today, relax in your ability to choose and desire and to act. We don't have to know how we will get it. Smile, knowing that it is already on its way! People will see your joy.