Benjamin Franklin: He that can have patience can have what he will.

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He that can have patience can have what he will.

- Benjamin Franklin

This reminds me of my own experience several years ago … no, no, not crab fishing, as in what the girl was doing in the photograph, but crab photographing.

I was standing on the breakwater on a beach when I saw crablets crawling out of holes and cracks in the breakwater. Armed with my phone camera, I tried to take a few shots to share in the blog; little did I know, the crablets gave me a very good lesson about patience. Standing up, I had no hope of getting any close and good enough picture of the crablets with the zoom of the camera phone. I basically had to squat down in order to try to take a good shot of any of them.

Not only that, I had to stay very still and make as little movements as possible as the slightest movement would send them darting back into the holes and cracks. So for 1-2 hours, I played ‘hide-and-seek’ with the crablets. Well … it was a lot of barbecuing fun waiting in the sun. Yes, in the end I did get a few shots of them, although I must admit that they didn’t turn out very well.

Don’t get it wrong that the word patience literally means ‘waiting for things to happen.’ As much as there is waiting involves, there is also work to be done, before and in the waiting. As in my crab photographing case, I got sun burnt and a lot of sweats! Patience means having a positive mental attitude and to continue sowing with faith. And when we have already done all that we could and there is nothing else that we can do, we wait.

During this time of waiting, it is especially important to continue to have a positive mental attitude, faith and the belief that as you sow, so shall you reap. A lot of time the different between those who make it and those who don’t is in how one handles this waiting game.

There is a time for everything in the universe and we must be patience for it to happen. As what John Onen Sampson said, “Decide to do whatever it takes, however long it takes, to get what you want and your success is virtually guaranteed.” And in the case of Benjamin Franklin, yes, with patience, you can have what you will.

Original Photo without quote: Svante Adermark

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