Have you ever called a business and the first response is “your patience is appreciated?” It’s great to hear this, not the seven minute wait time, but in anything we do, patience should be valued and appreciated more. Most of the time, an apology or “I’m sorry” is the result of waiting, but should your patience receive more recognition?
It all depends on what you’re waiting for and how much work involved. If it simply is a phone call, just as I have (and still is experiencing), then don’t expect too much in return for your patience, even though your “hold is important to them.” But when we’re talking about other things, such as losing weight, gaining muscle, finding someone to have a relationship with, we all have to understand how patience is valued in different situations.
Life is a waiting game. Nothing is instant. Even though we’ve been taken over by instant gratifications of such things like Red Box where we don’t even have to visit a store to get a movie, but a box that spits out DVDs, even worse, you can access movies from an online account, not having to venture outside of your own home or the confines of your favorite chair, or fast food where the food is already prepared and only takes a few minutes to reach your hands or even mouth.
We’ve been spoiled. Patience is no longer necessary and its highly undervalued. And it’s only going to get worse. Instant news updates, instant Twitter and Facebook updates, instant text messaging and calling, we’ve eliminated patience from our own social communication hierarchy. This is one reason I think divorce is so high in our country right now. People are always searching for better, for more. Isn’t that what we do when we browse the Internet, even for pictures to post on our blogs? We’re always looking for that perfect picture, “nope, that one’s not right, nope, that one isn’t bright enough, nope, that one look awkward.”
One of my favorite scriptures is from Isaiah 40: 31, “But those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength; They shall mount up with wings like eagles, They shall run and not be weary, They shall walk and not faint.” We must practice patience. We must learn there’s true value in waiting. Even though it’s so hard to understand and comprehend when nothing is happening, things are always moving in the right direction, even if it’s through other people, which you cannot see. When it comes to weight loss, have patience, embrace all the work you’ve been putting in and realize it’ll all be worth the emotional ups and downs associated with a body transformation.
Be patient. Be diligent. Never lose sight of your goal, even if you are waiting.