4. Feb, 2021

Continue in Patience

Developing PATIENCE cultivates character, lifts lives, and heightens happiness ~ period!

In the 1960s, a Stanford professor began a modest experiment testing the willpower of four-year-old children. In front of each child he placed a large marshmallow and said they could eat now or, wait 15 minutes, and have two marshmallows.

He left the room and watched through a two-way mirror. Some of the children ate the marshmallow immediately; others waited only a few minutes before giving in to temptation. Only 30 percent were able to wait.

It was a mildly interesting experiment, and the professor moved on to other areas of research, for, in his own words, “there are only so many things you can do with kids trying not to eat marshmallows.”

Keeping in touch with his test subjects, he noticed an interesting correlation: the children who could not wait struggled later in life, while those with a sense of delayed gratification tended to be better motivated, enjoy higher educational accomplishments and incomes, as well as healthier relationships.

What started as a simple experiment with marshmallows became a landmark study suggesting the ability to be patient is a key character trait that might predict success in adult life.

Waiting Can Be Hard

We live in a world of fast food, instant messaging, on-demand movies, and immediate answers to the most trivial or profound questions. Too many of us just don’t like to wait for anything. Some even feel their blood pressure rising when their traffic lane moves slower than the one alongside, or when someone infront of them at the checkout can't find their bank-card.

Observant parents know how unwise it is to indulge a child's every desire. But children are not the only ones who spoil when showered with immediate gratification. Each of us must learn what good parents come to understand over time: if we are ever going to mature, remain in control of our passions, and unleash our true potential, we must learn to work with purpose.

Impatience is tamed by having a greater purpose

Having a greater purpose in anything becomes our personal purifying process that refines understanding, deepens happiness, focuses action, and offers hope for inner peace. In short, we delay our gratification for something of higher value.

Patience is the ability to trade an immediate desire for a better outcome

When we curb our impulse to give in to what we want right now, and overcome the idea that being patient is somehow unpleasant and, at times, even bitter, we acquire this most precious of virtues.

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Comlicated IS Easy! Simple IS Hard!