It has been three months since I started this writing challenge and already it’s coming to a close.
It’s a bit strange to be writing that. Especially since I plan to continue writing on this platform on a daily basis. But it doesn’t take away the fact that it’s been three months since I started this challenge.
It’s been three long months, and yet it’s all gone by quite quickly. Perhaps it’s my age or maybe something else. Regardless time is certainly flying and I found that especially when doing this challenge.
But what does this all have to do with patience?
Isn’t patience learning to slow down and roll with the punches?
Isn’t patience about learning to let go of our impatience?
But when we learn to let go of our impatience, something else happens with our patience. We learn to bide our time, but also learn how to make it fly by quickly.
How to make time fly is simple and it comes down to two simple components I explain below.
This isn’t to say this writing challenge was a waste of time so I “sped up time”. Like I said from the beginning, this challenge is important to me and plays a critical role in the near future. Maybe even for years to come.
However I can’t help but say I made time fly by by doing this challenge.
This is one key element to making time fly by: staying busy. Not necessarily creating busy work for yourself, but staying busy and focused on the work that will push you forward.
It’s why this writing challenge isn’t a waste of time. I gave it meaning for myself to achieve it and thus the wait, though short in hindsight, was worth it.
Time Well Spent
The second element to making time fly is by believing that it’s worth it. To make something worth the time sink it should usually be something that serves a greater purpose to our goals.
This writing challenge took a lot of my time, but like I said, I gave the assignment meaning. I’ve done it for the pure fact that what I’m doing in this writing challenge is furthering my goals.
Not just the original goal of being a better writer, but more than that.
I’ll talk more about that in the coming days, but I’ve made it a long way from where I was.
Anyway whatever it is that you are doing, be it fun or annoying, needs to lead to something that you value in your life. When this happens, it makes things worth the wait.
This isn’t to say you have to stay in a horrible situation. If the disadvantages of staying outweigh the advantages, then don’t tolerate it. Seek other solutions that will help you grow.
But the key thing with that is that this method forces you to identify your values, understand yourself on a deeper level, and an openness to changing the situation.
This is why I like this element as we must dig deep to find meaning for our actions and determine whether something is worth the wait or not.
Be Patient, But Weigh The Costs
What we choose to do is entirely up to us, but one thing we should all strive to do is weigh the costs of what is being asked of us. Whether it’s from ourselves or someone else, it’s important to look at all angles.
Now that’s realistically not going to happen. We can’t all know everything about something coming in. But it’s smart to weigh the options that we have.
First we must remove our impatience and the next step is to determine whether our own patience is worth the time sink for the things in our lives.
Time is indeed a precious commodity and for this reason why when we do something we enjoy and is worth the wait, time seems to fly by.
To your growth!
Eric S Burdon
This post is part of an 3 month writing challenge that I’m committing myself to. Every day for 3 months, I’ll be writing articles with specific criteria in mind. You can learn all about my reasoning as well as what that criteria is right here. This is 91 of 91 of this series.
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