Life & Philosophy Poetry

Crazy, that

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That is hardly given and mostly earned.

  • It’s too early for that
  • We’re too young for that
  • Eat our dinner and then we can have that

We strive for that, whatever it is. Sometimes that is urgent and attainable. Sometimes it requires more work, maturity, and a lot of patience.

There’s a time and a place for achieving that, but things have to transpire first.

But that is also why people give up, especially when grit becomes a grind. Anything once desirable starts to lose its charm.

Give up — embrace the rules and enjoy the process. It’s crazy that one has to reject their impulses on the way to achieving a purposeful living.

Life & Philosophy

The art of delay

You can’t make Bitcoin go up just as you can’t coax a train out of a tunnel.

If you never get tired of waiting and keep the patience — even relax your tight face a bit — things tend to pan out.

Try your best to delay gratification. If you have to move, do something else to occupy your time instead. Procrastinate on purpose.

It’s a beautiful endeavor to hold back and observe, think and unthink, but almost no one can do it.

Life & Philosophy Productivity & Work

Developing self discipline

The discipline of the chair. The discipline of the canvass. The discipline of meditation. The discipline of timeliness. The discipline of focus.

Discipline is the practice of showing up and doing the work. Like a muscle, discipline strengthens with each repetition. Once it’s ingrained, it helps you start before you’re ready. So be sure to pick a practice that’s worth repeating.

Discipline is, in fact, its own discipline, a tutorial for the mind. It takes mastery before it becomes second-nature. With patience and focus as its closest allies, discipline shapes people to make something out of nothing.

“I know that to sustain these true moments of insight, one has to be highly disciplined, lead a disciplined life.” — Henry Miller

Be your own disciple.


Today’s Pattern of Patience

The Smartphone is an answer to our own impatience. Because we’re always using our phones, sitting an extra 45 minutes at a restaurant is no problem.

Yet the smartphone also raises our expectations. We expect everyone and everything to be accessible now or planned for now, not tomorrow.

Smartphone culture is the simultaneous cause of increased impatience with increased distraction. Additionally, all this stimulation decreases our ability to be bored, which is central to reflection and even creativity.

So how does our patience evolve with 24/7, “smart” technology? It doesn’t. The only way to enjoy a proper meal or have a good night’s rest, is to turn it all off.


Get in the Queue

Everybody hates lines. But have you ever noticed that lines move faster when there’s more people?

Demand increases speed and productivity. It’s the reason that the Starbucks queue moves faster with ten customers versus three. Busy employees show more urgency when multiple deliveries are on the line.

For mass chains, fewer customers usually means more time in line. Employees pay less attention to customers because they feel like they have all the time in the world to fulfill the order.

But in today’s world of hyper digital connectivity means attention spans are getting shorter and while customers are more easily distracted they’re also getting more impatient. Nowness is an expectation.

Why wait in store when you can shop online and get it in 30 minutes? Time is money and patience permits excuses. The speed of delivery is equally important as the speed of consumption. Why wait for anything when you need to get on with your life?


Not everything can be accomplished through willpower. Sometimes what we need is a bit of wait power.

M. J. Ryan, on patience