Patience and Time

Apr 29, 2018 by

Patience and Time

“The two most powerful warriors are patience and time.” – Leo Tolstoy

I posted this quote from Leo Tolstoy a couple of days back on Instagram and got some very interesting responses. The quote seems to resonate with so many. It’s not the short game that matters. It’s not the daily grind that will make a difference. It’s the vision of the future. The vision of a future so pervasive that you will put in the effort, make the changes, take the risks to craft that future. The type of future that pulls you from your slumber each morning and drags you to bring that future down from the heavens and have it imprinted onto mother earth.

Tolstoy understood that all things worth crafting take time. It is in the patience to accept our current moment but not to accept our future as predestined where the magic lies. Even Tolstoy himself had time crack and crease his life from privileged society author to non-violent spiritualist in his later years. It is not just that the passage of time can change us. It is that a vision, a long-ranging thick juicy passionate vision, full of curiosity, full of wonder, full of an unknowing direction, that requires constant nurturingĀ is what matters.

So here’s my question: “What vision do you have for yourself, 5 years, 7 years, 10 years from now?” Is it clear? Is it a person? A place? A thing? A concept or a picture of your life you are not willing to live without? Is it so grand, so out of your reach right now, so unexpected that it requires small deliberate patient steps that over time will grant you that vision? If so, write it down. Put it on your wall, in your pocket, in your diary, digital or paper. And never forget it. Because it is so easy to forget that you’ll need to take consistent steps to achieve that beautiful vision. We have such limited time on this planet, keep moving towards your vision. Never stop doing the hard things that require patience, and over time, you will realize you have harnessed the two most powerful warriors.

See you on the wire

— Steven Cardinale

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