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Lanre Olagunju: With Patience comes Good Luck
Time always seems long to the child who is waiting for Christmas, for next summer and also for becoming a grown up. If your health has ever been challenged and you’ve had a course or two to be laid on a sick bed due to ill health and pains, you will know that at such point, time seems to slow down and patience becomes un-negotiable. It becomes a must. But when you are having fun and everything seems to be bright and beautiful we say things like time is not our friend.
Our world is strictly governed by the principle of space-time and anyone who loves to plan, achieve and succeed understands that waste of time is a severe abomination to the spirit.
As a person I love to set goals but I sometimes get trapped in the natural phenomenon that even with time there are different seasons. I sometimes wear myself out with the intense desire to see things happen at the speed of light.
It’s the responsibility of a farmer to plant, water, and carry out other activities yet, to get his desired harvest he will need time, he will need to wait and exercise patience to discover the fate of his crops. A farmland is a grand teacher. It teaches patience and careful watchfulness.
Lately, some brilliant Nigerian lawyers became Senior Advocates and it dawned on me that no matter how brilliant a lawyer is, and the numbers of difficult cases he has won to his credit, a lawyer will certainly have to practice for ten years to ever become a senior advocate of Nigeria.
After laboriously putting plans, dedication and hard work together, patience aids peace of mind and the enablement to sleep soundly knowing fully well that God is awake.
Those who have this understanding know the deep secret of peace.
It’s easier to write and point out to others why they should be patient but of the truth it’s difficult to suffer it. The fact that we are in the era of microwave and instant messengers, we always want to think that everything can always happen at the speed of light. We forget that even wounds heal in degrees.
Listening to the most influential blogger in Nigeria at The Future Award master class few days back, I was able to figure out that life pay back those who are passionate and patient. Linda Ikeji explained how she kept on at blogging when it wasn’t anything close to profitable. She kept at it for four good years and now she’s a success story.
In the thought provoking words of Lemony Snicket “There are times to stay put, and what you want will come to you, and there are times to go out into the world and find such a thing for yourself.” Patience is power and not the absence of action. To think otherwise is foolhardy. Patience is a virile virtue; it does not mean lying down under affliction, but standing up under it and marching on.
I hear a lot of young people who are practically doing nothing say ’’God’s time is the best’’. That doesn’t apply to anyone who’s doing nothing. The reward of timing comes to those who are working, waiting and watching their plans grow to fruition. It’s about not giving up when effort is not yielding the desired effort. It’s about not throwing in the towel. Patience is the art of hoping and unless patience is built on hope, it stagnates.
Do have a nice weekend!
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