I have come across a writer and life coach whose name is Jose Micard Teixeira. I have started reading some of his writings and indeed, they are relevant to today's lifestyle. Lately, I have had some frustrations and disappointments at work and at home. To some, I have been short tempered, and to others, I have opted to keep mum. The stress took a toll on me and I am now nursing a bad cold.
On my sick days off from work, I did a lot of reading. That is how I came across the works of Mr. Teixeira. He is a Life e Executive Coach, Author and Motivational Speaker. He has published 4 books, "Learn to Live without Stress," "Learn to Live without Fear," "Know How to Change your Life," and "Give a New Meaning to your Life." I enjoyed reading excerpts of his work. His quotes had so much truth in them and could be very well applied in real day to day living.
I must admit, that I am very impatient at times. I hate waiting in line and I am absolutely annoyed when people do not arrive on an agreed time. I have thoughts of being just "unlucky" and "unsuccessful" compared to my siblings who live a financially stable (or should I say, "well-off") life than me. No matter how hard I tried, I was still unable to attain the success they have. Sad to admit, but, I have come to that point that I just try to keep my head above water and be content with what I have. The desire to excel has started to wane. And so, in one of those "blah" moments in life, sitting in front of a computer monitor, with watery eyes, a running nose and a throbbing headache, I came across this passage:
“In my life, with a few exceptions, nothing happened out of the blue or in a moment’s notice. Everything always took some time to reveal itself as what I believe it was a test to my ability to know how to wait. In the past, I was very anxious. The slow realization of my wishes would leave me frustrated and in angst. I believed that there were other people who were luckier than me. For years, I lived convinced that the problem was just mine and that life had different preferences from mine. Today, I understand that nothing happens this way. I realized that difficulties generate strengths and that waiting is also a way of learning. I understood that each one gets his own as long as they want it greatly and don’t change their minds. I understood that resilience is only a virtue of those who don’t give up on their dreams. I learned that wanting is no longer getting, instead it’s never giving up.” - Jose Micard Teixeira
We go back to that old cliche - "Patience is a virtue." Indeed it is. I am guilty of being impatient waiting for my children to be done with college. I feel that I am losing precious time trying to make a living to support their education. I failed to realize that I am more blessed than a lot of other people who do not even have the means to send their kids through grade school. I am still strong, although not young, but still able to do a nine hour job. I may not have the best of health, but I am not tied down to a wheelchair. For that, I am thankful. And for that, I will be more patient. Each waking day is a blessing and each sunset is a chance to say a prayer of thanks.
It is time to start living and stop complaining. I will learn to love me so that I can love others even more. Give more. Expect less.
Read more beautiful quotes and passages of Jose Micard Teixeira on his Facebook page. Click here to get started. I just did.