Patience – this generation’s rarest resource

We start our life depending on others. We pretend to be adults in our playing. We pretend we are married, that we have children. We can’t wait for this to be real.

Then we start going to school. We observe that there are a lot of things to be learned and it seems that even if we do our best, there is still a lot to learn. We can’t wait to know it all.

In the meantime, we start to fantasize about being with somebody way to early for our age. Time goes by and more and more of our energy goes towards finding someone suitable for us. We can’t wait to find that special someone.

Then we find that special someone and we are thrilled. For a second.

We get married and we have children. The childhood “pretend” becomes real. They are lovely, especially when they’re sleeping. But then they start with demands, with their own opinions and wants. We try to educate them, to teach them what is right, to make them understand. We can’t wait for them to understand.

Meanwhile, the needs of the family grow bigger and bigger, so we have to keep up with our career. We read, we watch tutorials, we try different projects. We can’t wait to be experts in our field.

This is our life now. We struggle everyday to become better, to earn more, to reach the next step, to teach our kids the values in life and for a small second of two weeks a year, we take a vacation from it all and we breathe.

Is this our life now? Why don’t we have patience with our spouse, our children, our coworkers, with ourselves? Why are we in such a hurry to be the next “me”, when we didn’t enjoy our current self? Time is limited and it’s going fast.

Are you at the beginning of your career? Enjoy the learning and don’t stress about it.

Are you at the beginning at your family? Enjoy the present things now, because they will never be the same again.

It’s not a race, it’s a journey.

Dieter F. Uchtdorf

You know the quote, it has become a cliché. We like to say it, but we don’t like to make it our own.

We don’t become patient until tragedy strikes. Then, nothing else matters than to be with our loved ones, to be near friends and family that we love. To hold our spouse, to kiss our children, to hug our friends.

Please, for the love of God, don’t wait for tragedy.

Have patience now!