There will be delay. There will be incompetence. To add to it all, there will be a lot of emotional heat generated on account of ignorance. You will be held responsible for the mistakes of others. The mistakes of others are your mistakes. Others will not accept their mistakes; you will have to do it on their behalf. You will not be allowed to give excuses. You will question if life is worth living, after all. You will tell yourself repeatedly: the problem lies with yourself.

You will be confronted with your own overwhelming ignorance. It will make your limbs inactive. There shall be no certainties offered to you; you will have to discover them yourself. Your habits will not support you; they can only make it worse. This is called change. It will humble you. You will learn how to spell empathy and compassion in deeds. The only thing which might be of help is the momentum of your character, and not your personality.

You will not be allowed to stop being good-natured. Your identity is your own burden. You will not overlay the sufferings of others with your own. If the others could manage to be better, they would; if they cannot, it’s your mistake. Others are not hell. No one will hold your fingers to help you learn how to walk, but you must always be ready to do it for others. This is not a moral imperative; it’s enlightened self-interest.

You will not get any rewards for your active engagement; rewards motivate inferior beings. To be able to have the opportunity is a reward in itself. Without risk, there is no return. You will not be afraid of being criticised. Those who indulge their tongues in criticism are mostly lazy. To act against an attitude is a greater criticism.

You will understand that the most precious possession you have is your heart, and that is where the wellspring of positive energy comes from. You will be negative only towards negativity. Instead of scorning the bad, you will praise the good. Hatred is a waste of time, and what is more, an abuse to your heart. Jealousy is not always bad; it can be a way to absorb positive energy. If the sun were not jealous, it wouldn’t give light. If the plants were not jealous, they wouldn’t grow. Jealousy is often accompanied with love. If it is not, then it is envy, and that should be rejected. Acceptance is the pole around which the sun of wisdom and the moon of love revolve. None can take charge without accepting the truth.

The truth is not all five fingers of the hand are equal. You cannot teach the unwilling and you cannot learn if you don’t want it. To take charge means to accept the worse for yourself in order to give the best for others. This is what separates men from beasts: men are meant for giving, beasts are meant for taking.

To give orders, you must first bear them. You must accept that your patience might come to nothing. Not for nothing is a leader so ideal. Nothing but patience can teach you to take decisions for others which they cannot take for themselves. Nothing but love can  convince others to sacrifice. As for you, you are nothing more than a sheep led by a shepherd. Don’t look up; upwards, there is only the sky. Instead, look within; what lies inside is vaster than the sky.

You will return to your house late in the night, refill yourself with necessry resources and after that, bring out that nice book and read from it: Long years ago we made a tryst with destiny, and now the time comes when we shall redeem our pledge, not wholly or in full measure, but very substantially. At the stroke of the midnight hour, when the world sleeps, India will awake to life and freedom. A moment comes, which comes but rarely in history, when we step out from the old to the new, when an age ends, and when the soul of a nation, long suppressed, finds utterance.

Unabashedly, you will place your palms over those words, remember the father and mother of your nation, and find that the fire in your eyes has turned to ecstatic tears.

You are never alone when you are being patient; in fact, you are in the company of the best men ever.


~ by Bombadil on November 16, 2009.

3 Responses to “Patience”

  1. Great post as always

  2. Thanks dear. I could really use some encouragement. Climate has changed in Guwahati from hot and humid to cold and sullen. And I am bed-ridden. Nature is deceptively benevolent.

  3. Please get well soon and bless us with more of your fluid posts.

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