I was extremely fortunate as I grew up. I had several managers, mentors really in hindsight that carried the gift of patience with ease. They had buckets of excess patience buried within them. They could see well beyond the immediate, yet always were living in the present. The combination worked together with a skill of knowing a range of alternative detailed steps that would get them from where they were to where they wanted to be. The teaching lessons were both endless and priceless.
Their willingness to patiently instruct has given me so many gifts that I know I will always be in their service. I am not sure that they realized the greatest gift they had within their grasp that they passed on willingly. This was the gift of knowing what could be tomorrow already was today.
I was taught that process was more important than outcome. One always needed the right result. Yet, knowing how one was going to get there, understanding and documenting the steps it took to get there, taking the right path to get there, allows one to repeatedly achieve the impossible. Ideally one is able to climb tall mountains without even a thought.
I was taught that good things come in time, even when the right steps cause you to loose in the short term. One can take a short cut but it will never pay off with time.
Most importantly, I learned that I already knew what to do. It was never a matter of learning everything. It was applying what already existed. My destinations were often hidden within, simply waiting to be real.
You have the same gift. It comes from God.
“So you'll go out in joy, you'll be led into a whole and complete life. The mountains and hills will lead the parade, bursting with song. All the trees of the forest will join the procession, exuberant with applause. No more thistles, but giant sequoias, no more thorn bushes, but stately pines—monuments to me, to God, living and lasting evidence of God.” (Isaiah 55.12, 13)
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