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patience and determination

Only bad things happen quickly… Virtually all the happiness-producing processes in our lives take time, usually a long time: learning new things, changing old behaviors, building satisfying relationships, raising children. This is why patience and determination are among life’s primary virtues. - Gordon Livingston

Life is a process that unfolds gradually as we move through time and space. And yet, in today’s fast-paced world we expect things to happen quickly. Patience is the forgotten virtue. As soon as we get what we want we are already chasing after another experience. Instant gratification is like a disease that makes us blind to the real world out there. How can anyone with such an affliction expect to be genuinely happy? - Dominique Allmon

the most wonderful thing

The most wonderful of all things in life is the discovery of another human being with whom one’s relationship has a growing depth, beauty and joy as the years increase. This inner progressiveness of love between two human beings is a most marvelous thing; it cannot be found by looking for it or by passionately wishing for it. It is a sort of divine accident, and the most wonderful of all things in life. - Sir Hugh Walpole

a place of deep and profound realization

by Adyashanti
We can come to a place of deep, profound realization, which is wonderful and very freeing, but the mistake that’s often made is that at a later point, when the synchronicity or some other wonderful experience is not happening, we think we have lost something. Actually, that’s a particular interpretation that is rarely examined. What actually happens is similar to the human experience of going through developmental stages. Remember the experience of moving into adolescence, when you’re twelve and a half, and you’re not there yet, and you’re leaving childhood behind?

That which in childhood seemed so wonderful is no longer available. The things that had been fun aren’t so much fun anymore, but the new ways to enjoy life aren’t very obvious. It’s awkward and you make mistakes, if they can even be called that. You can look back on that time with a rather clear understanding. It wasn’t that you fell away from childhood, it’s that you were outgrowing it. As you …