Impatience is often criticised not praised. But I believe it’s an admirable quality as when you are impatient you are driven towards the things you value. This restlessness may be just what’s needed to bridge the gap between where you are currently and where you want to be. Patience, if left unchecked, can be a disguise for complacency, mediocrity and procrastination. Impatience is a virtue when it drives you to bridge the gap.
Dr Russ Harris in The Reality Slap says that on one side is the reality we have, and on the other is the reality we want. And the bigger the gap between those two realities, the more painful the feelings that will arise: envy, jealousy, fear, disappointment, shock, grief, sadness, anger, anxiety, outrage, dread, guilt, resentment; perhaps even hatred, despair or disgust. And, whereas the slap is usually over quickly, the gap can persist for days, weeks, months, years and even decades.
When it comes to living life we can’t be too patient as within the gap between where we are now and where we want to be lies much that can sabotage our success. So impatience is not so much about getting to your destination faster (although sometimes that’s a bonus) but the fuel for the journey. Impatience is driven by a strong WHY. When we are driven by our WHY we can bridge the gap and live with fulfillment.
Many say patience is a virtue however I believe impatience is a virtue when the fuel is your WHY!
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