The Lost Art of Delayed Gratification

We are now in the information age.  We are blessed.  We have so much right at our fingertips.  However, in all the hustle and bustle we have lost something very valuable.  In order to have real lasting success, we must bring it back.  It is the ability and patience to delay gratification.

Think about it.  There are so many ways this lack manifests in society today.

If we don’t like our partner or spouse or they are not giving us the results we want, we throw them away for someone else.

If we get sick, we immediately go to the doctor and expect a quick fix.

When we are hungry, we go to the store or better yet we get take out and wonder why we have poor health.

We trade the hours of our day for a paycheck which comes quickly and regularly.

We go on all kinds of fad diets to produce “quick” weight loss.

We choose quick and easy entertainment like TV, video games, etc.

Our technology has to work fast or we become impatient.

If we are tired, we take things into our body to create temporary and synthetic energy.

We are individually and collectively borrowing from our children’s future to satisfy our never ending and unquenchable appetites.

Yes there are exceptions to these things, but more and more these are becoming the rule. The law of the harvest teaches that we reap what we sow.  It teaches that we must nourish the seeds we plant and wait for them to come to fruition.  We must endure patience for a time in order to gather the harvest.  The problem is we are not deciding carefully what to plant.  What happens when you neglect a garden?  It fills with weeds.  If we don’t take the time to carefully plant the things we really want, we WILL harvest the weeds that have come to fill the void.  We are now wondering why there are so many weeds.  So what now?  What can we do about it?

Here are some ideas to get us started planting the right and true seeds.

1.  Plant a garden-  Having a garden teaches us the principles of the law of the harvest.  It helps us to slow down and recognize the natural recipe of success.

2.  Meditation and prayer-  Take the time to slow down and clear your mind and heart of all needless worries.  Then replace it with the thoughts and desires that really matter.

3.  Start a business-  This is another great way to experience planting seeds.  Starting a business is hard dedicated work.  It takes time to lay the groundwork but when the harvest comes, it creates true freedom.

4.  Be a goal setter- Take the time to think about and write down the things that you really want.  Then do what you need to do to make them a reality.  Never give up on your goals and dreams.  They will take time but they will come to fruition if you take the time to nurture them.

5.  Get an education-  I am not referring to job training.  I mean the kind of education that really matters.  Character training, truth seeking, life changing education.

6.  Be the change-  If there are problems you see, find the real lasting solutions.  No matter how long it takes.  It starts with you and me.  I love this quote from Confucius:

“The ancients who wished to manifest their clear character to the world would first bring order to their states.Those who wished to bring order to their states would first regulate their families.Those who wished to regulate their families would first cultivate their personal lives.Those who wished to cultivate their personal lives would first rectify their minds.Those who wished to rectify their minds would first make their wills sincere.Those who wished to make their wills sincere would first extend their knowledge.The extension of knowledge consists in the investigation of things.When things are investigated, knowledge is extended.When knowledge is extended, the will becomes sincere.When the will is sincere, the mind is rectified. When the mind is rectified, the personal life is cultivated.When the personal life is cultivated, the family will be regulated.When the family is regulated, the state will be in order.When the state is in order, there will be peace throughout the world.From the Son of Heaven down to the common people, all must regard cultivation of the personal life as the root or foundation.There is never a case when the root is in disorder and yet the branches are in order.”

It is time to start being willing to plant the right seeds that lead to freedom and success instead of allowing the weeds of instant gratification to take over.  What seeds will you plant?