Last month, I wrote about some of the struggles I’ve been facing in the pursuit of my own dreams and I felt it wouldn’t be right to move on from that topic without first discussing what I’m doing about it. And I struggled with this decision for a while because what I’m doing is just about the hardest thing you can do.
As the title suggests, I have been trying to have patience. Ugh! How did this get involved!
Patience? I have to have patience? That can’t be right! I’ve been raised in a world where just about every problem can be solved in an hour (or less) on network TV! Patience? When problems can’t get solved that fast on television, they can conveniently cut to a montage – but not me! Patience? To give you some idea of just how difficult it is to have patience, I was going to use some pithy quote about patience as the title of this piece but gave up looking when I couldn’t find a good one right away. Patience?
… Yep. Patience.
Listen, one part of my dream to become a writer that makes me very happy is that I’ve reached a point in my writing career where I can see things actually happening. Sure, they’re not big things. Often, they’re not even news-worthy things. (And by “news-worthy”, I’m referring to telling my mom.) But, no matter how small, they’re there – signs that things are moving my way, however glacially.
For instance, you may have noticed down in my bio that an audio book version of my ebook, The Worth of Dreams The Value of Dreamers (Year One of my articles on Recovering the Self), is coming soon. Well, it has been coming soon for a very long time. And that’s not because of any problem making it happen. As it turns out, it just takes a long time to put together an audio book, look for a publisher (and then self-publish when you decide to do it yourself), secure a distributor, and then get it released. Meanwhile, I have been sitting about as patiently as possible… waiting… waiting…
I’ll give you another example. My pursuit of physical fitness, which so often seems more like the sleeping kind of dream than any attainable goal, always seems to be put off, pushed back, pulled away and kept just out of sight. I jog and cycle and even get out of bed early in the morning to go outside and exercise. But too much ice cream or pizza or fast food or… well, you get the idea – too much of that stuff sets me back further and further. At least, that’s how it feels to me. I forget that exercise takes time and lessons need to be learned (such as how to stay away from ice cream).
Nothing is achieved overnight, despite what you might have seen on TV or in the movies. The rich and famous are all just a tiny percentage of humanity. For the rest of us (and even a few of them), things aren’t handed over on a silver platter. We have to work for your dreams and work takes time.
So, yes. In my case, that means I just have to keep working. I have to put in the time. And time takes time – funny how that works out, isn’t it? Even as I remind myself that things will work out and that I will succeed, I have to remember that success is still down the road a ways. I won’t reach it last night.
That’s why it is so important that we find what we love because while we’re being patient, it helps to do something we love. I love to jog and I love to cycle. And I love writing. It just makes me feel good. That’s when you know your dream is worth it because it makes finding patience part of an act of love.
Sure, it’s a struggle, but it’s worth it.
About the Author
You can find out more about Ken La Salle at www.kenlasalle.com. Climbing Maya, An Exploration Into Success by Ken La Salle is now
available from all major e-tailers by Solstice Publishing. You can also find The Worth of Dreams/The Value of Dreamers, a compilation of Ken La Salle’s first year with Recovering the Self with plenty of bonus content, available as an e-book from all major e-tailers and coming soon as an audio book.