Endurance and Patience... Next to Impossible!!

How many times have we failed to keep our resolutions? When an ugly confrontation with a colleague or a family member or a friend or even a stranger saps off all the positive energy in us and leaves us exhausted, stressed and devastated- we make a promise to ourselves. We resolve not to repeat it. We make a promise to ourselves that I will not let this happen again. We make a promise to ourselves that I will try my best to react differently if a similar situation arises again. We make a promise to ourselves that I will be more patient and practice endurance to peacefully straighten out things. But alas! Every time acting subservient to the dictatorship of our unbridled mind, we break this resolution. Our promise is battered and shattered into pieces. We simply fail to keep ourselves composed and to react maturely when things go against our will. Is it so difficult? Or is it practically impossible in today’s fast paced impatient 4G world to practice virtues like endurance and patience in adverse situations? Are sayings like, “For to be poised against fatality, to meet adverse conditions gracefully, is more than simple endurance; it is an act of aggression, a positive triumph” and “Endurance is nobler than strength, and patience than beauty” merely good enough for leisure reading?

The answer to the above questions may seem to be ‘yes’ for us; but for the great souls, endurance and patience have been an integral part of their personalities. ...

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The lives of ...great personalities verily testify the saying of William Barclay, ‘Endurance is not just the ability to bear a hard thing, but to turn it into glory.’

To know how, read the complete article in December’15 edition of English Akhand Gyan Monthly Magazine.

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