“Our patience will achieve more than our force.” – Edmund Burke
Those who have pigeonholed patience as being the absence of action invariably underestimate its power. They resort to the use of force to achieve their goals and fulfill their desires, but in so doing they fabricate the appearance and not the reality of that which they sought to produce. What is created on this basis is a hollow shell, an empty mockery of that which would have been had they let it come to be in season.
Impatience creates a paralyzing power vacuum. Filling this vacuum with force masks the true need and creates an even more acute situation. When a form is produced with haste, the spirit or essence of that form cannot be fully revealed. A fruit forced to ripen never contains the richness of flavor and texture that its tree-ripened counterparts does.
So too in man’s affairs. When a matter, be it a friendship, intimate relationship, project, process, mission, or plan is rushed due to the impatience of its participants, there may be some semblance of success, but the triumph will be short-lived and the victory hollow.
Matters pressed into form with haste may conform to the letter, but they will invariably be devoid of spirit.