Never cut a tree down in the wintertime. Never make a negative decision in the low time. Never make your most important decisions when you are in your worst moods. Wait. Be patient. The storm will pass. The spring will come. (Robert H. Schuller)
Patient / Patience – Having or showing the capacity for endurance. Bearing provocation, annoyance, misfortune, delay, hardship, pain, etc., with fortitude and calm and without complaint, anger, or the like.
What Is This Quote Suggesting?
It is suggesting that we should never take NEGATIVE actions or make NEGATIVE decisions at the worst times. We should only take such actions and make such decisions under the best of circumstances.
Taking a negative action or making a negative decision at the worst time will only serve to compound negatives. And as you’ve probably heard many times before, in mathematics, two negatives will cancel each other out and make a positive, but it doesn’t work that way in life.
Two wrongs don’t make a right and two negatives won’t make a positive.
Instead, the quote is suggesting that when you feel negative (especially when you feel the most negative), you should wait, be patient. Let things sort themselves out. The crazy times will pass and everything will calm down again.
The positive time will come back (Spring), and at that time, be ready to act. After all, Spring is the best time to plant seeds, if you want them to grow and thrive.
How Does This Apply To Weight Loss?
No matter who you are, you are quite likely going to have “down times” when you are working on losing weight.
Achieving LASTING weight loss takes patience.
My Own Story
During my weight loss over the past 3 1/2 years, I had a period of approximately 6 months where I couldn’t lose a pound, no matter what I did and no matter how hard I exercised.
Then, just like that, I lost 30 pounds in 25 days. Poof ! I couldn’t believe it.
It’s sure a good thing I didn’t give up during that 6 month period, isn’t it ???
Another Quote On Patience To Think About
Be patient toward all that is unsolved in your heart and try to love the questions themselves. Do not now seek the answers, which cannot be given you because you would not be able to live them. And the point is to live everything. Live the questions. (Rainer Maria Rilke)
To me, this quote is suggesting that if we have unsolved questions in our heart, we should NOT fear asking those questions; instead we should embrace the process. Don’t be so caught up in trying to find out the answers to those questions. Instead, sit back and let the process unfold. Live every piece of the process.
- Live the formation of the questions.
- Live the process of thinking about the questions.
- Live the process of trying to find answers to the questions.
- Live the answers once you do find them.
Live every single piece of the process and let them unfold, in their own time, in their own place, in their own way.
That’s what patience is all about.
So What Is The Point Of Everything I’m Saying
The main point behind what I’m suggesting is the need for patience if you’re going to achieve LASTING weight loss.
By being patient and allowing things to unfold, that is how we learn from the process. It’s how we learn to make things better. It’s how we learn to grow.
We will grow the moment we stop focusing on all the what ifs (especially the negative ones) and we start focusing on the NOW. Focus on the NOW and on what is (NOT what if) and positive things will begin to happen in your life.
Until next time, may you find your path by walking it . . .
About The Author
Stanley F. Bronstein
Attorney, CPA and Author
President and Member Board of Directors
As his 50th birthday grew nearer, Stanley decided enough was enough. He was tired of living a life of obesity.
Since February 2009, Stanley has dropped from a weight of 320 pounds to the mid-190s. He has gone from a life of inactivity to walking a half-marathon daily and full marathons on many weekends.
His latest book in what he calls his “iWarriorWalk Pathfinder Series” is designed to help people ask (and answer) key questions about themselves. Stanley believes that the only way We The People of the United States are going to solve our problems (especially the growing problem of obesity) is by asking the right questions and by coming up with appropriate answers.
Through Foundation EON, he hopes to help you (and America) do just that.
For more information on Stanley, visit SuperChangeYourLife.com