Patience, the word itself, is the heaviest thing that
is. To one who is in difficulties and troubles, to one who
is in sorrow, to one who lives in the wish of obtaining
his desire, the word patience has a dreadful sound. The
sound is dreadful, the thought is terrible, the idea
is frightful to us. Yet all our difficulties in life, all
our failures come from lack of patience. All the results
of life often are lost through impatience. A person may
have patience for forty years, and then lose patience, and
so lose the result of all his endeavors during so many years.
The impatient person will show his impatience in his
speech. When you ask him something, he will not let you
finish your sentence; he answers before you have finished
because he thinks, 'Why should you still say that half sentence?'
The impatient person eats very fast, and all the veins and
tubes of his body cannot drink so fast as he drinks. If
he walks across the room he will stumble ten times; he walks
into chairs, into the table, into the door and does not
look into whom he walks. If he intends to take some action,
he starts and three times before he reaches the door he
will say, 'I am going, I am not going, I am going,' because
he does not give time to his decision.
All our errors and faults come from impatience. It is
not that the soul wants something which is wrong, but we
do not stop to weigh our acts. We seize upon the first thought
that comes to us without weighing or considering it. Nowadays
the wish for variety has grown so strong that we always
wish for new surroundings, new friends, new faces, and our
thoughts change every moment. If we could hold our thought,
we should increase its power. We think, 'It is only a thought,
it will pass.' In reality, by our thought we create a spirit,
a jinn, a genius, that acts and works and achieves.
The more patiently we think a thought, the stronger the
The lesson of patience is much less taught nowadays as
the influence of religion has become much less, and education
is mostly given for commercial purposes. So we must look
upon the lesson of patience as a lesson we give to ourselves;
we must think of all the beautiful results we gain by patience,
and be sure that, if we have conquered patience, we have
conquered the whole world.