Patience and Dedication

by Vusuki

Welcome one and all.

I made an interesting connection between two concepts last week that I’d like to share with you. If you feel like it, I ask you to take a minute afterwards to reflect on this as well as then re-read it again to pick out what you strongly agree (or disagree) with.

The first of these concepts is ‘Patience’.

For me, the meaning of patience implied waiting… waiting for something exterior to happen. It’s implied being passive... that things aren’t in my hands to influence. It implied some kind of wisdom, to sit and know what you can’t do and let things happen at their own pace.

However. I’m not sure how it came to me, but suddenly I wondered how patience and the second concept, ‘Dedication’ were connected.

Dedication to me implies a strong commitment (generally to some standard or activity in some context). It implies being active but also consistent and that things are in my hands to influence. It implies pushing and moving forward in some way.

Now while it might seem obvious, it was a moment of clarity for me…

*I couldn’t have dedication (or be dedicated) without patience.*

But not the passive kind that I described earlier, but an active patience of continuing to push and to move forward, as if slowly pushing a boulder up a hill. If I haven’t the patience to continue, I’ll stop pushing, I’ll stop moving… and suddenly I may find the boulder starts to roll back down! Is it still within my control? Somehow I doubt it.

So dedication might require patience. It might require that part of patience that I described earlier, that wisdom of knowing what I can’t do and letting things happen at their own pace… but perhaps additionally realising that I am not separate from those things happening at their own pace. I have my own pace as well, and I can be patient too with that. There is a strange paradox in my mind between being patient and letting things happen, and actively participating and being dedicated. But these concepts need not be competing against one another or separate from one another just as I am not separate from the event before me.

Anyway, ‘Patience’ and ‘Dedication’. Perhaps they’re mutually arising?

Thanks for your time and I hope you can play with your own thoughts on this.

Comments (3)

  1. Amyntas

If you dont have the patience to deal with the steps of your path and give every step the attention it deserves , you are not dedicated really are you? You then are rushing through the motions , desperate to "finish" at a certain point , so from...

If you dont have the patience to deal with the steps of your path and give every step the attention it deserves , you are not dedicated really are you? You then are rushing through the motions , desperate to "finish" at a certain point , so from that point of few you definately have a point Thank you for the reminder , i have recently come to some sort of same insight and have decided to take slower steps and enjoy/suffer them as long as it needs to be to really sink in and be of benefit in my path

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  1. Amyntas    Amyntas

* view and * definitely *sigh*

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  1. jakzodiac

As odd as it sounds your words remind me of a somewhat archaic book I read a while back by a man - Franz Bardon I believe. He spoke of electric magnetic fluid in all things - that there is an active and passive side to both and they form together...

As odd as it sounds your words remind me of a somewhat archaic book I read a while back by a man - Franz Bardon I believe. He spoke of electric magnetic fluid in all things - that there is an active and passive side to both and they form together a tetra-polar system of some kind.

I found this website some time ago and went on somewhat of a soul searching journey. His description was probably the closest thing I could relate to the force in any older works. Fascinating really.

But what does it mean? I believe you are in fact correct and it is recognizable in all things micro and macro. That said, I'd go slightly further than saying that one requires the other. Instead, maybe that one is relational to the other and vise versa. Dedication and patience are concepts that we can recognize through patterns. But in reality, they are unique unto every living creature and can be internally felt and externally perceived in scales.

I feel like I am rambling. I suppose its an odd choice of words. I apologize if my post adds nothing to the discussion.

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