There’s the nearly imperceptible feeling in our lives that what’s happening right now isn’t as good as what will happen in the future and that if we could just “get through” this highly inconvenient present moment, we’d finally be able to get to the “good stuff.”
Things are just progressing too slowly for us to be satisfied and we want to know why.
Little do we know that when the imagined (perfect) future moment finally arrives, the measuring stick will have been moved and we will be in the present once again, admiring a new goalpost miles away that, like it’s predecessor, is little more than a mirage and promise of some vague psychological reward in the indeterminate future.
There is an intrinsic link between patience and real self-awareness. The more patient you are for things to materialize in their own time, the more space you’ll be able to give yourself to understand what’s really going on in the world.
This space is where Presence (with a capital “P”) comes into play.
Presence of mind helps you realize that as much as you want to “make things happen” for yourself, there is a certain point where even the most dedicated, hardworking person in the world must yield to a greater timetable that is simply out of their hands.
This should be a relief because it means that you don’t need to wait until some moment in the future to be happy. You can do that right now without a second thought — regardless of whether or not you’ve accomplished the goals that you’ve set for yourself.
Just be happy, now. The rest of it will happen of its own accord.