We all seem to be in a hurry in whatever we do. More so as life today has become fiercely competitive and we want to achieve our goals before anyone else does. But in this frenzy our mind gets clouded with tension and negative thoughts and our ability to think gets severely weakened thereby losing the goal itself.

However the quote below makes me wonder whether such wisdom can work in a world of fleeting opportunities where speed is the mantra to winning?

Don't rush anything

 

A leader in a hurry is bound to make mistakes or achieve short-term wins but a leader who analysis the situation and plans well before execution will provide sustainable and robust results. No wonder leaders with high levels of emotional intelligence (EI) are considered to be better than leaders with high IQ levels and low EI. The former has the ability to remain calm in highly stressful and volatile situations thus validating the wisdom of  Lao Tzu ( 601 BC to 531 BC) even in present times. In Lao Tsu’s words ~

                                                                 “Do you have the patience to wait,

                                                              Till your mud settles and the water is clear?

                                                              Can you remain unmoving,

                                                             Till the right action arises by itself?”

Do share your views dear readers on the relevance of Patience not only in today’s fast moving business world but also in our own family relationships.

Happy Feb

 

About dilipnaidu

An open mind! Love to share my thoughts and a keenness to learn. An engineer and a MBA I had a wonderful innings in the Army and later moved to consultancy and teaching. My current interests are reading, music, growing culinary herbs, playing golf and yoga. I am serious on "Living life less seriously". A warm welcome to you be well and be cheerful always.

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  1. Yes but what exactly IS patience?

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  2. Semra Polat says:

    Indeed, Allah is with the patient….Surah Al-Baqarah [2:153]

    Happy weekend n stay blessed🙂

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  3. Simona says:

    Buon mercoledì❤

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  4. ShethP says:

    Patience is a virtue. Can’t beat those words.🙂 Thanks for the reminder.

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  5. Aquileana says:

    I believe we must let Nature and even Fate do their own job… sometimes things and achievements are certainly a matter of time… Great post, my friend. Sending love and best wishes. Aquileana ⭐️

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  6. asthaguptaa says:

    I so agree! Each time I hear everybody honking I wonder what is the big hurry everybody seems to be in!

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  7. aFrankAngle says:

    Patience is quite the virtue. Unfortunately, each of us naturally possess different levels of this treasure … yet, levels can increase through learning about self.

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  8. Sahajo says:

    WWW – Wait Watch with Wonder!
    Just Wait and Watch for what you’ve been waiting and the end result will bring a great surprise to you. Sometimes, the wait is worth!
    I experience this often and its magical

    Sahajo🙂

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    • dilipnaidu says:

      What a lovely response Sahajo I am so glad you have experienced the marvel of patience personally. I guess your interest in spiritual pursuits has helped.

      Nice hearing from you and wish you and yours the best of everything. 😀

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  9. I recently heard the phrase “hurry up and wait.” Your post reminded me of it! The world certainly is in a hurry lately but I do wonder where they really are going, in the long run? I am sending you a big hug🙂

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    • dilipnaidu says:

      Ha ha I like that one ‘hurry up and wait’ it’s so true. It’s good engage ourselves in creative pursuits which slows us effortlessly.

      Trust you are doing very well Christy. Will look you up soon and hugs back to you🙂

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  10. Bill says:

    Lao Tsu’s words are wise. They imply that if just wait, the right action WILL arise “by itself.” That can be hard to believe sometimes, so I do struggle with patience.

    The Quakers have a similar saying “Way will open.”

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  11. Rashminotes says:

    Very relevant in today’s world.

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  12. renu says:

    Patience is the key to everything in life..though I am myself not patient, but I want to be..

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  13. herschelian says:

    Ni hao Dilip!
    When I was a teenager I came across the quote “Everything comes to she(he) that waits”; and I thought it rather stupid. However with the wisdom (?) of 60+ years I realise that there is a lot of truth in it. Be calm, be patient – everything will come in its own good time!
    BTW have just spent two fabulous weeks in India staying with my daughter, son-in-law and young grandsons who are living in Bengalaru. Your country is amazing!!
    Zai jian, Jo

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    • dilipnaidu says:

      No Hao Jo delighted you enjoyed Bangalore and more so with family. Bangalore is a lovely place with good weather.

      Re: patience you are in China a place of illustrious past where the famous Lao Tsu and other Chinese philosophers wisdom on patience and related wisdom is practiced all over the world. I wonder if today’s China follows their teachings in real life.

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  14. That is so true, a wonderful message to remind us to take things slowly and peacefully🙂

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  15. My New Year’s resolution this year was to meditate more often. The more I meditate the more patience I have. The more patience I have the more loving I am. Patience is a virtue! 💗

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  16. Love says:

    Happy weekend HUGS by Simona🙂

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  17. This reminds me of a ‘prayer’ I once read, “Lord give me patience, but please hurry. ”🙂

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  18. that’s so true!
    just we are often too inpatient…

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  19. Indeed Dilip this such a powerful quote and we all have experienced it on some point of time in our life. Yes, we are in a hurry and we become restless and invite problem, if we keep our nerves and thoughts in place and allow the things to happen on which we have not control is the best way to handle things in life. Agree in today’s world everything is put on the accelerator mode…

    Thanks for reminding, our mind needs reinforcement.😀

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  20. So it is, my dear friend. Thank you for another insightful post, dear Dilip.
    Happy Losar – New Moon – Monday and week! 🙂

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    • dilipnaidu says:

      Thanks dear Marina for the appreciation. I checked the Wikipedia and interestingly found that Losar means Tibetan New Year. And yes 8th Feb indeed was a beautiful New Moon.🙂
      Cheers and much regards.

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  21. Suhas says:

    Hi Dilip,
    Long time no see.Where do you find these wise thoughts? Your commentators are as fast as any one.
    You have almost pushed some of us in the “Witness Box”
    Coming to the point: – Patience is indeed an art but artists are born & not made.
    I for one had zero patience & many well wishers told me to cultivate it. Till I joined the GITA class.
    Today I think (?) I have learnt to be patient .Better late than never I know “Wakt se pehale aur naseeb se jada nahi milta.” In fact one doesnot need it either.

    SUHAS
    .

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    • dilipnaidu says:

      Dear Suhas it’s great reading your apt response. However I always believed you to be a role model of patience but perhaps it’s your study and interest in GITA which helped you. Very inspiring my friend.
      Thank you so much for your kind visit. Regards.

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  22. Wise words we need to adhere to dear Dilip.. Sometimes we need to slow down and withdraw from that rat-race and seek Sanctuary within our own thoughts .. Having Patience with ourselves and just taking time out to reflect often lends clarity..
    We need to be clear within our thoughts before we Rush into this ever fast moving world..

    Great advice dear Dilip Thank you my friend🙂

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  23. Rajagopal says:

    Patience, as a building block of character, will continue to hold its relevance for all time, Dilip, regardless of the increasing pace of life, mandating appropriate gestation periods for events and developments, inventions and discoveries, and everything relative to a continually evolving life.

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    • dilipnaidu says:

      Good to hear from you Raj. I agree with you entirely on the value of patience in character and personality development. When I look back I remember with respect and admiration the people who exercised patience even in most stressful situations.
      Thanks Raj and best wishes always.

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  24. Rangelz says:

    Even to stop, read this and then ponder over it we need patience. I read this post and that is what I did first. It is so true. Patience is seldom found these days.

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  25. Takes a long time to learn. I don’t think people are born with patience. As for the speed at which the world is changing… I have a feeling we will pay. –Curt

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    • dilipnaidu says:

      You are right Curt it does take long as it’s an uphill journey. It’s hard because Patience comes only to those who let go their ego and their illusion of control. The speed of change is fast but it’s direction needs correction. In our rampant pursuit of weath and mega bucks we ignore the earths dwindling resources. And no thought is given to their conservation.

      Cheers will be in touch. Regards.
      Dilip

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      • There is much good happening out there, Dilip. I am in no way a luddite. We have the potential of a future where we can eliminate much poverty and illness, and maybe even where we can set humanity’s mind free to soar. But we have to learn to mitigate the bad stuff. I am not sure we will ever eliminate self-interest, or am I even sure we should, but I believe deeply in enlightened self-interest, in the need to understand the consequences of our actions and behave accordingly. –Curt

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        • dilipnaidu says:

          Oh yes we have some voluntary non governmental organizations which are doing excellent work to make uneducated or jobless people to become economically independent.

          It is absolutely normal to have self-interest as long as it not causing harm to the other. If we can’t look after ourselves how can we take care of a larger community?

          Thanks Curt and best regards.
          Dilip

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  26. namitasunder says:

    ” An ounce of patience is worth a pound of brains”…..A saying . Dilip ji, a fast moving world for sure but where to, in which direction. I feel that’s the question to ponder. This fast , mad rush is not leading us to anywhere worth while.

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    • dilipnaidu says:

      That’s a beautiful quote Namita ji it further strengthens the virtues of patience. Its true that a man in a mad rush is indeed a lost one as he has no control on his mind thus leading to road rage. However I do look for opportunities to test myself in patience. For e.g., living in a city where people on the road are always in a mad rush if I notice a person wanting to cut across from the wrong side I stop and allow him the right of way – oh the effect on him is magical he smiles back sheepishly and acknowledges his mistake🙂🙂

      Regards!

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  27. Binky says:

    Patience it seems, is a dying art. Everyone wants everything right now, if not yesterday. I’m not sure if we can get off this fast paced world we live on, but waiting for something certainly makes us value it more.

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    • dilipnaidu says:

      Oh yes that’s true but I thought patience is a dying art only in my part of the world due to our huge population and crowded roads.

      But for those of us who are aware of its virtues we could practice it rather than join the rat (not wombie) race.🙂

      Trust you doing well Peter and much love to Binky and the wombies.🙂

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  28. Patience is a virtue, indeed, but I often fail in the test.😦 I try hard though each time…😀

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  29. Those who can enjoy the race while they strike gold are the lucky few. Others of course need patience.

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  30. jan says:

    I am actually guilty of being too patient especially with people and relationships. I have heard people tell me that might not be the right thing to do at all times but I stand by patience. That might not really be favorable all the time but patience and forgiveness sure gives you more peace in life 🙂

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  31. Alok Singhal says:

    I am guilt too of not being Patient, but i am learning it through Instagram these days!

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