In my spinning classes I always tell my riders that they have come to class for many reasons, only one of which is to work hard. Instead of mentally fighting the struggle of exercise, revel in it. You know there is satisfaction and reward on the other side, so enjoy the journey and appreciate the strength you’ve built for yourself. Instead of being complacent, you are here because you want more out of life.
When it comes to challenges in life, you can apply the dedication and confidence you train for in those isolated scenarios. The only problem is that you don’t know the outcome. I hadn’t thought about that….when you tackle a problem with your skills, logic, research, the result is not always a good one.
Yesterday at church, the pastor took us to the book of James and I saw this passage:
“Don’t run from tests and hardships, brothers and sisters. As difficult as they are, you will ultimately find joy in them; if you embrace them, your faith will blossom under pressure and teach you true patience as you endure. And true patience brought on by endurance will equip you to complete the long journey and cross the finish the finish line – mature, complete, and wanting nothing.”
Patience (or my lack of the virtue) has been a re-occurring theme in my life. As one who always wants instant results, I can be hasty and often disappointed.
Two years ago, I began training myself to be more patient, and I can attest that while it was challenging and not always pleasant, I now enjoy a new-found sense of maturity that makes me stronger in facing life’s challenges. I learned that when you slow down you can enjoy life, there’s no need to get worked up over the small stuff, and patience is one of the greatest signs of respect for others. Patience also forces you to deal with your feelings – wrestle with them – instead of neglecting the emotions that pull you from inside. That doesn’t sound pleasant, it isn’t. So then you seek out new things to make you happy, which will lead you down an interesting and exciting road of self-discovery.
I believe that your twenties are about personal evolution. Every year, your character changes depending on your circumstances. By the end you can look back and see how you’ve experienced so much to become the person you are now.
This new-found sense of maturity anchored in patience forces me to see the reality of my life, but also gives me the strength to work hard for what I want AND enjoy the journey. Trust me when I tell you, I put this to the test everyday. Sometimes I fail miserably and end up in a ball crying on the floor, but that’s part of the whole experience and growth I suppose.Tweet this!