No goal was ever ruined due to added patience.
Just because we should always strive
to mindfully honor our feelings
does not therefore mean we should always seek
to liberally encourage them.
When making a choice:
always favor whatever option
is most likely to lead to the greatest number of people
offering you the greatest number of thank you's in the end.
Do not decide based solely on what will make you feel grateful;
instead, prioritize what others will be grateful for.
You will be amazed how, over time,
the two will converge into one.
Going to the gym won't turn you into a bodybuilder
as much as having a job will.
If you want better things to celebrate
don't treat every single reason to celebrate
as an urgent excuse to go celebrate.
Maturity is not measured by one's behavior.
It is measured by how much responsibility one asserts
towards the consequences of one's behavior.
"Strictness" is the mind punishing you
every time you leave.
"Discipline" is the mind welcoming you
every time you're wise enough to come back.
Patience is found by being mindful
even when there seems to be nothing to watch.
Imagine the first people who looked up at the night sky.
The impatient ones said: "Meh. It's just a bunch of stars."
And they stayed here on earth, on their small patch of land.
But the ones who kept mindful,
who continued to pay attention even though
it looked like there was nothing happening,
these people began to notice subtle, small, slow movements
in those stars. Movement SO slow
that most people didn't even know it was happening.
But movement was happening.
So while the others became frustrated with such diligence
and got stuck in small places,
those other, patient people who just paid attention,
well, these discovered a whole universe.
Just because I am not a peanut butter proponent,
do not mistake me for a peanut butter detractor.
I am merely a peanut butter realist
in a world far overpopulated
with extremist peanut butter zealots.