The difference between patience and indifference is that patience never loses sight of its goal and never stops taking steps, however small, towards a goal.
Remaining committed and patient in the face of limitations and complications is actually liberating and invigorating. The grim light in which virtue often cast is simply the negative propaganda of people scared to take risks, to struggle, to have to fight for long-term gratification, to fail, to be let down, and to experience the inevitable penetrating self-doubt that follows.
In the new year, make ambitious and honorable goals. But more importantly, make your immediate goal to establish a healthy but relentless pace. Failure is not typically due to lack of goals or ambition, but lack of patience with the mundane steps one must take along the way. There’s simply no attractive way to sell this reality.
Happy New Year!
I took this photo of Mt Baker in Washington, Aug 2010.