Waiting too long in line, lack of attention span, reading a boring book, or working hard to get on the fast track to a promotion and not seeing progress are some of the reasons why many people are impatient, unhappy and lack satisfaction in life. In this high tech, high speed era we expect for everything in our daily lives to move fast and we crave that instant gratification that makes us feel so happy for the moment. On the other hand, when things are not moving fast and we don’t get that instant gratification, we get angry and allow impatience to creep into our bodies and mind.
Personally, I admit to have fallen victim to the cycle of instant gratification and feeling impatient when I didn’t get what I wanted or did not know the future outcomes. Despite our personal goals and plans, we cannot predict the future no matter how much we try. For example, I had created a timeline for myself and even though I was right on target I still did not feel fulfilled or happy. At the time, I thought to myself, once I accomplish my next bigger goal, I will finally be where I want to be in life and life will be blissful. To be honest, I don’t really know because life had different plans for me. Being diagnosed with cancer at a younger age was not something I ever expected to experience, much less face my mortality. Life can really change at the blink of an eye. One day, I was following my timeline on my life’s plan and the next day, I was facing survival statistics and cancer treatment. As I started my cancer journey, I figured that if I followed all the instructions and had the treatments accordingly then I would be cancer free in no time and be able to move on with my life. I was so wrong that I actually laugh at myself now when I think back to those moments. My cancer journey taught me that things definitely do not go according to plan and side effects and treatments are unpredictable, especially when my case was a bit more peculiar. I wanted to see results right away after starting my treatment and be able to get back to my life before cancer. Unfortunately, this was not the case therefore, through my cancer journey, I had to learn about patience the hard way. Certain days were so difficult that I did not know if I would get to live another day. I had to learn to slow down and appreciate what I had at the present moment instead of trying to predict the future. Each day, I would wake up, thankful to God for being alive and being able to fight another day and enjoy the small pleasures of life. I learned that I didn’t have to wait for the big things to happen in my life to be happy. I needed to enjoy the small things in life. Through my cancer journey, I learned to be patient, to keep the faith and trust in God that everything was running according to God’s plan and that all would be well in the end. I mean miracles are imminent I am living proof of that.
Don’t give up if you don’t see change right away, God has perfect timing! God is never early, never late and it does take a little patience, faith and trust in God on our part, but it’s worth the wait to receive HIS blessings.