“The two hardest tests on the spiritual road are the patience to wait for the right moment and the courage not to be disappointed with what we encounter.” – Paulo Coelho
With summer approaching on the sunny horizon and the calendar finally reaching the half-way point of what seemingly feels like a bit of a rough year, it’s amazing to see how fast time flies. I am completely shocked at how quickly 2016 has gone by. While it personally started a bit rough for me, it got relatively easier thanks to family and friends, work I can be proud of and a future I have faith in that will be waiting for me.
Whether it is good or bad, in many ways I think life is a lot like a book. When we start out, we know nothing—a lot like our own life. Along the way, we come across good chapters and bad chapters, but we never skip ahead due to the discomfort because we simply cannot. It would not make any sense to do so. And quite frankly, you can’t cheat life no matter how much you decide to deny the circumstances unfolding. Instead, we endure pages upon pages of uneasiness and learn things amid the pain and apprehensiveness in hopes to gain some sort of knowledge. With time, those past chapters that were hard to understand at first create a greater comprehension and the other chapters that lie ahead start to make more sense. As the story develops, so do its characters—that is, if we’re lucky. With every page turned, there’s a plot twist or a lesson we learn to a conclusion we’ve long awaited.
The only problem with such a notion of relating life to books is many of us will never finish the book before we die. Many of us will never understand the chapters no matter how far we go ahead and continue looking back to try and make sense of things. Finally, many of us will cheat our way through to march ahead without ever understanding their current place because they’re too afraid to accept the direction their life will take them.
If there’s one thing I learned from having my heart broken last year, it is that living through your gut was better than living in denial of it. Additionally, all that heartache showed me exactly what I needed to. I discovered we must have faith in the timing of our life and practice confidence in patience. While it is a true conquering virtue and can be bitter at times, it serves a purpose because it makes us pay attention to what we need heed most.