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Gradual Development

From The I Ching or Book of Changes:

Those who persevere make continuous progress.

Picture a tree growing high on a mountaintop.  If this tree grows too fast, without first properly rooting itself, it becomes susceptible to being torn up and destroyed by the winds.  If, however, it establishes a proper foundation and is content to grow gradually, it will enjoy a long life and a lofty view.

Human beings are no different.  While we often desire rapid progress -we want to change someone’s mind today, obtain an apology now, achieve all our goals immediately – sooner or later we must come to understand that the only lasting progress is gradual progress.  Accept this fact and base your thoughts, attitudes and actions upon it.

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When we have allowed ourselves to be pulled off balance by another or by some event, the ego tempts us to believe that we can influence the situation through forceful behavior.  This is incorrect; the actions of the ego inevitably complicate our difficulties.  The greatest influence possible always comes through patient and steady refinement of one’s inner self.  If you will devote yourself to the path of the Sage, with every step along that path you will be strengthened, and progress will come automatically.  It will be gradual, but it will last.

Be patient, modest and accepting now.  Life often demands that we wait longer than we might like for some change, and the only true comfort available during these times is the knowledge that we are steadfastly developing ourselves into superior people.  In time, every honor comes to those who are persevering and correct.

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May these words of wisdom comfort and nurture you with health and prosperity.

smiles,
:) Lee

 

  • http://livealifeofgratitute.blogspot.com G Angela

    This is beautiful post, and very true, we are living in an era, where we want everything to move fast, i agree what you say, i am beginning to understand, and there is a wisdom is being patient and allow life to challenge us, in order that we become what we were ever meant to be, thank you for sharing, G Angela

  • Maria Alicia

    Your writings/teachings are so powerful, Lee! After reading them in the morning, it really enables me to have a more “insightful” day!
    Thank you from the bottom of my heart for these beautiful lessons. I missed my “shot in the arm” over the weekend! LOL
    Have a blessed day!
    Maria Alicia

  • AP

    WOW! This could not have been better timed. I have been struggling for almost a year now with my husband and his mid-life crisis, waiting for him to see the “light”. I was ready to throw in the towel and give up on our marriage. This post has given me a second wind to be patient and let him discover his happiness in his time not mine. THANK YOU!

  • Debbie

    loved this blog…thank you!

  • Daphne

    Wonderful as always, Lee! Totally relevant to my life at this time. Being patient is a quality in myself I most seek to develop more wholly because I struggle so much with achieving it. That said, I would love your insight on an issue I deal with regularly that causes me to lose patience: I work with the unemployed, many of whom are in desperate financial straits and in some respects “can’t afford” to wait out the gradual process of finding a job (although they have little choice or say in the matter). Their reality often causes them to be very anxious and impatient. What might be good counsel to offer them?

  • Lee Papier

    Hi Daphne,
    No matter what the situation, everyone is where they need to be each moment for life to give them whatever lesson that is appropriate for their growth. By trusting that everything is unfolding in perfect divine order and accepting the moment as it is, we are able to respond vs. react and make the best possible choices. A key is to consistently have a positive attitude no matter what the situation and not let outer, temporary circumstances affect us. Also, it is important to give our challenges to God and ask for guidance and a definite lead.
    We must acknowledge that we are Spiritual Beings made of unlimited energy and that we can create whatever we want by focusing our thoughts, words, feelings and actions in the direction of a specific, positive outcome. Also, acknowledge, “I am calm, peaceful, well and whole. I am patient, powerful and prosperous.”

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