The pace here on Maui is all its own. For most of my life I have been a future thinker. Planning, dreaming, visioning, yearning and creating my heart’s desire. Sometimes my dreams have been good for me and sometimes they’ve been bad for me. But there’s always been a lesson.
And one lesson that I still haven’t learned is the lesson of patience. I am a do it now kind of guy. After working as a music manager and A&R in Hollywood for so long, I know how much stuff can get “done” in a week, heck, even a day – when you have an amazing team that is working in sync. That being said, just because one can get a lot “done” doesn’t mean that what’s getting “done” is good for you or sustainable.
Being in Maui, the environment seems to keep whispering to me to slow down – and I’m resisting it. I love to dream, to plan and to create. But as I sit here outside of our bungalow, listening to the water of the stone fountain and feel the passing of the perfectly cool and warm breeze – I can’t help but listen.
I truly believe that the patient path is the fastest way. And at the same time, have a really hard time letting go of what I want to create. I LOVE to create. You could say that being creative is my ultimate drug or addiction. There’s nothing like it. And yet, there is also something amazing about doing nothing at all. Growing up in the West, I was pushed by my peers and society to “do”. And yet some of the doing that I was doing, ended up being REALLY bad for me. The carrot that I thought I was chasing ended up being poisonous, instead of nutritious.
So what does “The patient path is the fastest way” mean? To me, it means listening to the whispers of The Uni-verse, or you could call it our intuition or the Holy Spirit. Whatever you call it doesn’t matter. It’s the same Source communicating with us. And if we look at nature as an amazing display of The Uni-verse’s perfection, what do we see? We see seasons. We see that it takes time to plant something and let it grow. We see that no matter what the stock market or world economies are doing that The Uni-verse still abundantly supports life.
And these lessons can be extracted into our own lives – patiently and consistently over time. I truly believe that when people ask what the key to success is, they are thinking there is something that they can do RIGHT NOW, to get it all RIGHT NOW. And that’s not how it works. It’s about planting seed, after seed, after seed. Knowing that some will not make it and others will. And not giving up – but rather patiently allowing the seed to come to fruition.
The patient path is the path of mastery. Two steps forward, one step back. Three steps forward, two steps back. And over time, we find ourselves making massive progress. It means stop trying to make things happen – and start allowing what wants to happen to come forward.
It means being in service, rather than demanding being served. It means taking one step at a time – with detachment from outcome. It means being able to let go of the life you have been trying to make happen, so that you can make room for the amazing life that is trying to unfold, if you just stop being so darn stubborn.
Yes, this is a letter to myself. And hopefully you can gain some knowledge from it as well.
I’m trying my best to slow down. To allow rather than push. And perhaps you could benefit from that as well. Let me know! Leave a comment on the BLOG and tell me how you can allow more today, rather than push!
Love from Maui,
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Mastin Kipp is the CEO and Founder of The Daily Love. Follow him on Twitter here.
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