Good things come to those who wait.
I used to believe that, with enough patience, I could achieve anything. And so I would practice, practice, practice having patience. As with most things that I practice long enough, I now have much more patience and the gifts that come with that: I’m less stressed about processes and results; I am more accepting of myself and others; and I’m able to take a longer view of things. This leads to a calmer, more enjoyable life.
But it hasn’t significantly helped me achieve my goals in life, because just waiting for good things is like playing the lottery. If all I do is sit under a tree and wait for good things to fall in my lap, I will need to wait a very long time for the odds to be in my favor that something good will fall. It’s just as likely that I’ll get struck by lightening. No, I need more than patience. I need action.
I can change trees; I can shake the tree; I can climb the tree; I can fertilize the tree; I can prune the tree. There are many things I can do to increase the likelihood that I will get good things to fall into my lap. Yes, I need to have the patience to figure out what those actions might be and to wait for the results of them. But, ultimately, I need to act in the world to bring about the good things I want to create. Good things come to those who have patience—and know how and when to act to bring those good things to fruition.