Patience is a virtue I haven't possessed much of throughout my life. I want what I want, and I want it NOW. When my bank account balance isn't as high as I want it to be, I want more money immediately. When I'm sick, I desperately want to be healthy. When I'm confused about what to do next, I achingly long for clarity. When I'm in the midst of any struggle, I just want it to end so I can move on.
But my perspective on patience is shifting. Not long ago, I was in a very low place. I'd started a business that withered on the vine. I had all sorts of hang-ups about my own ability to achieve success. I measured my worth by dollar signs and outward recognition, and when I saw neither, I deemed myself a failure. I was miserable pretty much all of the time.
Fast-forward to now, and my life has changed completely. I wrote a book about joy, examining that holy grail of inner peace from both a scientific and a spiritual perspective. I let go of planning what would happen next in my life (that wasn't working out so well anyway) and simply focused on feeling good.