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8.18.2011

the virtue of patience.

The past several months have reiterated to me just how important it is to have faith that everything happens for a reason. Events happen when they are supposed to. People walk in-or walk-out of your life exactly when they are meant to. Regardless of your faith or spirituality, it is important to hold close to your heart just how important being patient truly is. Be patient with others, but most importantly, be patient with yourself. No one is perfect- including you. Everyone makes mistakes, but it's what you do once those mistakes have been made that matters. Take responsibility for every action and every word you speak. Be accountable. One of the biggest compliments I have ever received was from my current boss- He said (and this is the tough guy CEO of over 10 companies all over the US, and has been in the business world since he was 18) that I am one of few people he has ever known that takes accountibility when I screw up. As difficult as the daily grind at a job can be and as painful as making mistakes may be, if you are able to pick yourself off, dust yourself off, and try again- it moves mountains with people. At the end of the day, whether you live in the slums of the city or a gated community in the Hollywood Hills you are still human. Everyone has strengths, and everyone has weaknesses. It's what we do when we realize that our weaknesses are holding us back that matters. It brings me back to the importance of pushing yourself- get inspired, make goals, and don't just reach them; surpass them. It's difficult to understand why things happen the way they do; or why things just don't happen at all. At the end of the day, just remember that life works out in mysterious ways. Even barely surviving the worst day of your life or dealing with losing someone you love changes you in a big way- It frees you from the chains that have held you back. Gives you a new beginning and a blank chapter. It allows you to move forward and be a better person for the experience you triumphed over. Whatever you do, don't give up. Know that tomorrow will bring a new day and you should treat it as a gift. In fact, you have the luxury of even having internet access to read this post- while most people don't. The earth is a vast land, comprised of people of all walks of life each living by their cultural beliefs. But the one thing that we all have in common is that we are human- and being human means understanding that sometimes the biggest rewards require the biggest risks- but that striking at the right time means being patient enough to wait for that time to show itself.

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