day twenty five: busybody

When you are busy, time goes by faster. Work doesn’t seem as bad if it’s another tick off the to-do list. You don’t have time to lament your circumstances, you’re just treading water to get to the next minute.

Maybe busy hands are the solution to impatience, imperfection and dissatisfaction. Maybe not. But I can tell you busy minds are too full to worry about elements out of their control. So there’s that.

“Genius is often only the power of making continuous efforts. The line between failure and success is so fine that we scarcely know when we pass it — so fine that we are often on the line and do not know it. How many a man has thrown up his hands at a time when a little more effort, a little more patience, would have achieved success. As the tide goes clear out, so it comes clear in.

In business sometimes prospects may seem darkest when really they are on the turn. A little more persistence, a little more effort, and what seemed hopeless failure may turn to glorious success. There is no failure except in no longer trying. There is no defeat except from within, no really insurmountable barrier save our own inherent weakness of purpose.” [Elbert Hubbard]

Patience means trying longer, working harder, saying more than is actually comfortable. Try to give a bit more tomorrow. It’ll pay off.


Today is day twenty five in my 31 days of patience series. For all posts in the series,click here.


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