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Remember that with patience you can control your destiny.


Anyone who has a series of painful positions must be responsible for them in some way; not that it’s just "their fault"; but that they have contributed to it by impatience, intolerance, unfriendliness or some provocation.  Many times this is due to lack of patience (something Br. John is hardly immune too to).

Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what he sees? But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience. The RSV Bible - Romans 8:24-26

A good Religion inspires us to live courageously and joyfully on the face of the earth; it joins patience with passion, insight to zeal, sympathy with power, and ideals with The Force.  Learn the art of patience. Apply discipline to your thoughts when they become anxious over the outcome of a goal. Impatience breeds anxiety, fear, discouragement and failure. Patience creates confidence, decisiveness, and a rational outlook, which eventually leads to happiness and peace.

You know you're in harmony with The Force when you experience love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and above all, self-control.  “Never think that God's delays are God's denials. Hold on; hold fast; hold out. Patience is genius.” Comte de Buffon 1707 – 1788

Insanity is repeating the same behavior, getting bad results and expecting a different outcome the next time around.  You cannot repeat your old self centered ways and not suffer. Call in your scattered energies; concentrate on your life at this moment, your own requirements for growth.  Don’t over focus on outcomes, nor to bind yourself with the memory of past achievement. In so doing, you rob yourself of a true present, which is the only time in which you can realize self change and growth.

You may feel overwhelmed with exhaustion from meeting obstruction upon obstruction in your passage. Yet you always have a choice: you can see all this apparent negativity as "bad luck" or you can recognize it as an obstacle course, a challenge specific to the initiation you are presently undergoing. Then each setback, each humiliation, becomes a test of character.  So stay centered, see the humor, and never give up.

Remember that with patience you can control your destiny.

MTFBWYA and God Bless, 

Br. John+

Remember that with patience you can control your destiny.