Humans are impatient. This is a universal truth. The level of impatience may vary depending upon someone’s personality. Some people are passive and some are aggressive. Aggressive people are normally highly impatient. Aggression and impatience goes hand in hand. Those who are passive, they also experience moments of impatience. On most occasions, they would stay patient; but on other times, impatience may take hold of them. They may reflect the impatience of aggressive people.
Impatience triggers the battle inside and outside. Inside: restlessness, anxiety and stress is the outcome. Outside: impatience may turn the world upside down. In both cases, we are the losers. The inside battle is the battle against the self. The self divides into two; both halves take position against each other and behold, a full-blown fight breaks out. In either case, we are the loser. The winner is the DEVIL. Whenever a human is down, the Devil is victorious. A human being may be down due to his own mistakes or something else. In any case, the winner is the Lucifer. He cries out: “one more down!” In the battle against oneself, we are the loser and the Devil is the gainer.
The outside also becomes victim of our impatience. We may make the life of our family members miserable. Our friends may become wary of us due to our impatience. Our staff in the office may despise us because of our impatient attitude. Impatience would cause us to fight with the bus conductor, shop keeper, the security guard and the traffic warden. Impatience would lead to poor execution of the task at hand –cooking, stitching, teaching, writing or analysis.
Anger adds fuel to the fire. When wrath coincides with impatience, the blast is outrageous. Our world goes topsy-turvy. The wrath multiplies our loss and sometimes makes the loss irreparable. We are in loss and those around us are also in loss. When one gets into this situation, exit is nowhere. It leads to destruction and destruction: one destructive step to the other and so forth. This is indeed a very vulnerable moment. In extreme cases, it may lead to suicide or homicide.
The problem is that whatever takes years to complete, we want it in days; whatever takes days to complete, we want it in seconds. We want to take full control of what is in control of none except God. This is against God’s ordained law. What is not possible is not possible. The right attitude is that when it becomes clear to us that something is not possible, we must leave it and never repeat it again. We must learn how to go with the flow. Going with the flow is the best thing in the world. The only proviso is that that the flow has not be against God’s laws.
There are numerous examples around us that reflect the principle of gradual progression. How a tree grows from the seed to become a taller tree. How a day turns into night and night into a day. How a child crawls, staggers and then walk. All of us have listened to the first words of a child. They stutter and stammer. But they continue to learn days after days and then one fine morning, they cry out: Baba, when will you be back home today?