Ever heard the phrase “Patience is a virtue” ?
It used to be a common phrase when I was growing up, but is pretty much unheard of today.
Who plants their own fruit or vegetables and waits for the harvest anymore? That’s what grocery stores are for. Though it is a wise choice to raise your own crops, if you have the land, especially with food prices constantly rising. Not to mention the taste of your own fresh food is so much better than store bought.
Ever made your own clothes? It is rather rewarding to choose fabric that you like and a design that is unique to your own tastes, then making it with your own hands. Does anyone even use sewing machines anymore? I have one, but rarely use it just for small seam repairs. Or how about spining fiber into yarn to use for kniting? Do people still knit or crochet today? Maybe, but not like in my grandmothers day!
Patience was a way of life. Now we have no idea what that is.
Our modern society is into instant gratification. We are used to everything being at our fingertips.
Some examples of instant gratification:
Instant tanning (who wants to spend hours in the sun?)
Digital Photos (no waiting to develop film)
Microwavable or fast food (who wants to cook full meals anymore? who has time?)
Audio Books or Videos (no one likes to read more than a page of text)
Pain pills (to treat symptoms instead of the cause)
Remote controls (can’t even move 5 feet to switch channels anymore)
Plastic Surgery (quick results, but don’t always meet expectations)
Liposuction (quickest way to loose weight)
Winning the lottery or any gambling (the odds are against you!)
The problem with instant gratification is that it can produce longterm disappointment when immediate expectations are not fulfilled. It tends to make us loose patience, or become unthankful for things that take time to produce.
Delayed gratification has its rewards:
Relaxing with a good novel vs. watching a condensed 2 hours movie version (allows you to use your imagination, and read at your own pace)
Home cooked meals vs. pre-cooked, ready-made
Healthy prepared food vs. quick junk food
Picking fruit from your own tree vs. store-bought, under ripe fruit from out-of-state or country
Improving your looks and health through better nutrition and regular exercise
Treating the cause of a health problem and eliminating it naturally and permanently
Full time education to produce a career vs. low paying job due to lack of experience
So many things in life you just can’t shortcut on. Relationships including marriage and parenting are the most important things in life that require longterm patience, and are the most gratifying.
Life is full of rewards when we take time to enjoy each and every minute.