If you’re too snatchy, you’re settling for second best.
Patience is a virtue. I mean that. It’s practically a spiritual discipline.
And it’s a discipline that’s worth developing.
I say that because when I look out at the world, I reckon most people are too ‘snatchy’.
That is, the universe offers them something a bit shiny, and they rush out and grab it.
They’ve got greedy hands.
This is a shame because once your hands are full, they’re full. You’re no longer in a position to receive.
And the first thing the universe offers you isn’t always the best thing it’s got.
It might be a job for example. You might be thinking its time for a career change, and you’ve sketched out in your mind exactly what you’re looking for.
But then something comes a long that’s definitely an improvement on what you’re doing now – it’s a big step up – although it’s still not exactly what you’re looking for.
What do you do then?
Most people go for the snatch. They grab it and nail down that opportunity before it gets away.
There’s a fearful voice that comes in at this point. “Grab it now while the opportunities there. It might not be there tomorrow. You might never find anything this good again.”
The snatch comes from fear.
However, maybe what you really need to do here is be patient.
Maybe you just need to put your greedy hands in your pockets and see what the universe offers up next.
Patience is built on trust and abundance. It’s built on the belief that there are endless opportunities in the world, and it’s built on the trust that those opportunities are going to find their way to you at some point or another.
And in that sense, patience is built on a spiritual world view. Call it abundance or whatever you want, but it’s based on an idea about just what kind of rock it is we’re living on.
And that’s why I say patience is a spiritual discipline.
And it’s a discipline because it’s not something that comes naturally.
You’ve got billions of years of biological evolution telling you to grab what you can while you can.
You need to train yourself in the way of patience.
But it’s worth doing.
If you can disengage your greedy hands – if you can learn to stop snatching at the world – then you enter a much more receptive space.
For things to enter that space – to deeply enter – then they really need to be fully aligned with who you are and what you want.
The further and deeper they have to come, the more in alignment they have to be.
And so the more patient you can be, the more the universe really has to perfect what it offers you.
And perfect things are nice.
In fact, once you go there, once you see what the universe really has the ability to deliver, you’ll never settle for second best again.
So don’t settle, petal. And keep your greedy hands in your pockets.