I was listening to a sermon one Sunday, and the subject matter was “Learning to Wait’
This one really attached (awakened/spoke to) a theme that has become only too reflective of our present culture. It was about patience and faith and primarily, our lack of it. As I sat there, what resonated through me was how prevalent that is in today’s culture. Not just religious or spiritual faith, but faith in general, faith in the processes of life and the living of it.
Spiritual faith says (if) I understand that if my goal is heaven that my life here on earth is nothing but preparation to that end. And in order to reach that my work towards that goal must be both diligent and stead fast. The same holds true for all life’s pursuits “In order to reach my goal my work towards that end must be both diligent and steadfast” Nowhere does it say easy or instantaneous This is a hard pill to swallow in the face of the overwhelming drive for instant gratification which has become the cornerstone of our society. We, so very many of us have lost true faith, we have no patience. We have lost the patience to trust the process.
In the past few years, the advancement of technology has been driven by speed. How fast can I look up or down load or send information. How fast does my device process information, do I have the best and the fastest. 3g, 4G, 5G. We wait hours in lines so we can have the gadget that will do more things faster and complain profusely when things are not happening fast enough. We make decisions based on what will look better in the short term rather than what will be better in the long run. Take MMA(Mixed Martial Arts), this has become the fastest growing segment of martial arts. Why is that? It’s because the public sees it as a shortcut. I can just learn tofight, I don’t have to worry about learning boring katas or forms. (Not true by the way, but it is the perception). Everyone wants to be the best. Very few want to do the work. It’s not by accident that in the old martial arts movies, the master is always depicted as being old and venerable, reflective of the fact that true mastery takes time.
As Trainers, our biggest challenge is instilling faith in our clients. We are inundated with all the quick fix promises and hyped miracle drugs or invasive surgery. Where I am today is a product of the things I did in the past. Where I want to be will be product of what I do from this point forward. I didn’t get this way overnight, I can’t fix it overnight.
What I must do, is change what I have been doing, so I can change what I will become. At the same time understanding that what I will become may not be what I envisioned because once I have accepted that reality I have already become something else.