Everybody is always in a hurry, and they want everything right now. Patience is a virtue that has become rare in today’s world, and instant gratification makes the world go round. People would rather give up on things and other people than have some patience and wait for some time, for things to bear fruit. It’s like everybody is participating in an invisible race, and being patient is simply out of the question.
It feels annoying to wait to get something done, or to experience something, doesn’t it? It’s understandable. But does that mean you will give up on something, and go for something else just because you were not patient enough to stick to the original plan? Maybe the reason for this is when you have to wait to make something happen, all sorts of negative thoughts swirl around in your mind, like what if something goes wrong, or what if things don’t work out ultimately if more time passes.
Life today has become so fast-paced, and instantaneous, that people have become used to getting everything in their hands instantly. And not to forget, there are a ton of distractions around, both external and internal to tempt you to give up one thing for something else that might seem better. You wander from one place to another, not knowing what it is you really and truly want, and satisfy yourself with the things that you are getting to enjoy instantaneously.
And when you add your inner voice to this equation, things get more complicated. Why do you think most people are not good at being patient and waiting? It’s probably because their inner voice is constantly making them doubt everything, and making them question the whole point of being patient. It’s always speaking to your mind, which then leads to a constant state of worry, this constant mental questioning leads you to overthink and also leads you to come up with theories about why you SHOULD NOT wait.
It’s a vicious cycle, and no wonder you like most people get addicted to it with time. So, how do you get out of these mental traps, which are self-imposed for the most part? Maybe a Buddhist story can help you to get an answer to that.
A Remarkable Buddhist Story About The Virtue Of Patience, And Mental Peace
Buddha along with his disciples had embarked on a journey, in which they had to cross numerous cities and territories to reach their destination. While on their way, they came across a lake far away, so they decided to stop and rest for a bit, as they were quite thirsty. Buddha asked his youngest disciple, who was also the most impatient, to bring him some water.
The disciple starting walking to the lake, but when he reached there, he found a wagon of oxen crossing it. He noticed that due to this, the water gradually became muddy, and he wondered how could he give this dirty water to Buddha. So he went back and told him that the water was too muddy and cloudy, and it is not fit for them to drink.
A few minutes later, Buddha again asked him to go to the lake and fetch some water for him to drink. Nonetheless, the water was still as dirty as before. The disciple came back to Buddha and said the same thing that the water is still too dirty to drink. Hearing this, Buddha did not answer. He did not say a single word, nor did he make any movement whatsoever; he just kept sitting there quietly.