A Matter Of Time Spirituality Information

A Matter Of Time Spirituality Information



The past six weeks have been instrumental in​ teaching me patience. Normally, I'm a​ very patient person, but every once in​ a​ while an​ event raises its head and says, "Hold still, son, you have a​ lot to​ learn about patience and the wonderful things that could happen when you learn the secret of​ waiting."

Now, I must let you know that patience has not always been my strong point. in​ the days of​ my youth, I have been known to​ make quite a​ fuss when things did not move with the speed I wanted or​ expected.

Much as​ I have overcome most of​ the impulse to​ rant and rave when things don't get done as​ promised, I still have vestiges of​ hidden pockets of​ impatience somewhere deep within me.

My office runs through the proper use of​ computers and their associated systems. Sometime over the last several weeks, my main computer ceased functioning and the manufacturer promised to​ fix it. What started out as​ a​ simple matter evolved into an​ extremely complex situation.

Every day, I spoke with the computer company and they promised that the repair would be done within days. About two weeks into the frustration, I was told that the replacement part could not be found and so they would have to​ give me a​ brand new machine. Naturally, I was delighted that I would now get a​ replacement with all the bells and whistles.

The promise was that within a​ week, the new machine would be shipped. When a​ week came and went without the computer arriving, I found my frustration level rising to​ uncommon heights. Strange visions of​ writing a​ thousand letters to​ the manufacturer's corporate executives, or​ bashing the ailing computer with a​ baseball (or cricket) bat at​ high noon, with local and national press coverage crossed my mind.

I remembered, only too well, that an​ old, wise man had said that the last test of​ the master was overcoming impatience. But I was in​ no mood for masters or​ overcomings. The bumper sticker I saw on a​ car long ago described my deepest feelings. The sticker pictured a​ vulture sitting on a​ branch of​ a​ dead tree, sweat pouring from his head. The caption read: "Patience, my ass, I want to​ kill somebody".

I thought of​ the bumper sticker and smiled. Since I had been waiting for over two weeks, one or​ two more days won't make much difference. But the urge to​ take drastic measures came back in​ a​ few days when no new computer arrived.

Many times, in​ a​ rush to​ get from here to​ there or​ to​ do this or​ that, we make ourselves prisoners of​ time. Being a​ prisoner of​ time could be as​ terrible as​ being a​ prisoner in​ a​ dungeon. We make ourselves prisoners of​ time when all we do is​ rush to​ work, or​ rush here and rush there. We miss so much in​ life by rushing.

Somehow, the world passes us by, during our rushing and we wake up five, ten, or​ twenty years later and wonder where all the time has gone. Our children have grown up, our old jobs no longer exist, some of​ our friends have gone to​ another dimension and yet, the sun still rises.

If we were to​ slow our pace a​ bit and flow with the river of​ life, perhaps the problem would work out fine anyway. I have discovered that it​ is​ counter productive to​ force things to​ happen. it​ is​ much better to​ create a​ climate where we allow the things we want to​ occur.

With that in​ mind, I decided to​ let go of​ my attachment to​ outcomes. I was not going to​ fume and fret if​ my new computer did not arrive as​ promised. After all, I had been using my backup machines for a​ few weeks without undue hardship. What difference would another week or​ two make, anyway?

With those thoughts, I went about doing my work. Then, a​ few days later, I received an​ email which said that my new computer was being shipped the next day. All the proper specifications for the computer were in​ the email. The computer would be a​ brand new machine with the exact specifications of​ the old one. I was pleased -- very, very pleased.

But the next day, when I checked the tracking information, I saw that the shipment was canceled. ARRGH!! The vision of​ the vulture on the bumper sticker returned with a​ vengeance, but I gently pushed it​ away. The computer will come when it​ comes I murmured, and I went on with other pressing matters. I didn't even bother to​ call the manufacturer. I had done all I could do. Anything more would have just made me more frustrated.

Yes, the world does speak to​ us in​ thunder tones of​ truth. Listen and learn and life becomes more peaceful and joyous. Ignore the voice and frustration takes over. And so it​ was that the next day, I checked the tracking information again, not with the thought of​ getting my computer quickly, but just out of​ curiosity.

Imagine my surprise when I saw that my computer was shipped, but instead of​ sending an​ exact duplicate of​ the broken model, the company shipped me their most advanced machine that had just been released to​ the market a​ few days earlier. I would have waited a​ few months, if​ necessary, for that model. it​ was much more advanced than the old model I should have received. When the machine arrived, I smiled and said, "Thank you", to​ no one in​ particular.

Perhaps, it​ was releasing the constraint of​ time from my consciousness that precipitated this outcome. The universe speaks to​ us in​ many ways. Many times, like impatient children, we want what we want and we want it​ now. But the universe has a​ way of​ saying, "I know what you want, my child, and I know that you want it​ now. But if​ you would wait just a​ little while longer, I will give you something much better than what you think you want."

Strive to​ become free from the hustle and bustle of​ daily living. Release yourself from being a​ prisoner of​ time. in​ doing so, you'll find that things have a​ magical way of​ working themselves out and that where there's a​ "good" there's a​ "better". And where there's a​ "better", there's a​ "best". The universe wants you to​ have the best. Give it​ an​ opportunity to​ bring your "better" or​ "best".




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