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“Patience,” it has been well said, “is the shortest path to God.” To adjust the heart to the rhythms of Eternity, one must first adjust himself to life’s longer rhythms. He should not allow his mind to become absorbed in concentration on the little ripples at the surface of the sea.

Patience means also adjusting to whatever is in life, rather than wishing it were something else. Patience is a prerequisite for every type of success. For it is when we work with things as they are that we can change them to whatever we might like them to be.

– Swami Kriyananda