Welcome to Three-Peat Tuesday! Patience is a Virtue
Building from my recent book UNBEATABLE! Seven Pillars of Personal Excellence, each blog will contain three P’s: Pillar, Principle and Practical, all geared towards nourishing you on your personal and spiritual growth journey.
Pillar: The Power of Patience
“You must ruthlessly eliminate hurry from your life”-Dallas Willard
Principle: Patience Promotes Productivity
This was likely the word uttered across the globe on Saturday November 7, 2020 when the results of the US presidential election were announced. Four days of counting is what it took to reach that magical number of 270 electoral college votes.
It could only take something like an election for, arguably, the world’s most powerful office-holder, to rival COVID-19 for global headlines. It was a gripping, fascinating week of vote counting. Admittedly, it was also quite a challenge to the patience of both Democratic and Republican supporters as they awaited the outcome.
It is here that I wish to commend those in charge of counting as well as various media houses that called for patience. The leaders managing the ballots sang a recurring theme of getting things right, however long it took. That was powerful, necessary and, in many respects, counter-cultural.
We hate waiting. The election officials made us wait. They did not give in to external influences or internal noises. Getting it right was more important than getting it done quickly. This is the message of the ancients in Proverbs 19:2-
“Being excited about something is not enough. You must also know what you are doing. Don’t rush into something, or you might do it wrong.”
When we’re rushing, we give ourselves a great chance to mess things up. Whether or not you closely followed the US election, don’t forget to take a page out of the counters’ book. They were spot on when they made the world wait.
Practical: Prioritizing Patience
Eliminate hurry from your life. Slow down. Ironically, this could make you more productive.
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