Saturday
Nov242012

Patience

I'm not a very patient person. That does not mean that I'm unwilling to wait a long time for the attainment of a goal. I write novels. It is not something one usually accomplishes in a day. Rather, my problem with patience is much more subtle. I often begin a task and then lose my orientation to the task itself by becoming obsessed with the completion of the finished product.

For example, right now I am writing a blog. My full attention should be dedicated to the process of putting words on paper. This should be done in a manner that conveys meaning. There is an art to blogging, as there is an art to all such measures. A true craftsman focuses his attention on the act in which he is engaged. Although I strive to be a true craftsman, I am not. My mind drifts to the picture I'm going to use, or how fast I can get the paragraphs grammar checked, and placed on the website. Unfortnately, the moment I focus my attention on the completed product, I inherently lose the joy that lies in the project itself.

I do not believe that I am alone in this matter. Most people find their attention wanders from the art of their craft to the completion of the project at hand. So the question becomes, does the need for the completion of a goal override the joy inherent in the process of obtaining it?

The salesman forgets the art of the sale, and focuses on closing the deal. The musician loses the joy of playing in pursuit of the composition's completion. The vacationer barely notices the surrounding beauty, because they are focused on arriving at their destination.

This is what I mean, when I say I'm not very patient. Getting my mind to stay in the present moment, and not leap ahead to a desired conclusion is one of the greatest challenges that I face. How about you?

My challenge for today is to get you to think, if even for a moment, about enjoying whatever process you are using to get you to your destination. If you do this, I can promise you a trip of peace, without anxiety, without fear, and without remorse.

Just a thought,

Cliff

 

 

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