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Cultivate Patience - by Gharwang Rinpoche

Cultivate Patience

We all go through ups and down throughout our lives and should not let those hurdles ruin us.

In this 21st century chaotic environment we live in now, it is difficult to live peacefully and happily. In such a situation, people are angry even for no reasons. Some individuals choose to fight when someone makes them angry, while I prefer to be patient for the following reasons. Anger does not guarantee a perfect outcome, it makes things get from bad to worse, and finally it brings more misery, not happiness.

In addition, it is quite normal in life that there will be someone who will criticize you. On the other hand, there will be others who may admire you. However, if we expect satisfaction from anger than it is not going to happen. For instance, when you are angered by strangers, you cannot just burst into anger and start a fight, because such an attitude will not end with a perfect result.

Secondly, anger will make things bad to worse. Whenever, someone tries to make us less patient, simply answering through hatred does not make things better but instead worse. For example, most disputes or arguments do not lead to any form of solution. Moreover, such an approach will turn situations from bad to worse. For instance, If I show my anger towards an opponent, obviously, the outcome will be very ugly. Anger always creates an atmosphere of instability and loss of direction.

Finally, what really follows after being angry is misery and dissatisfaction. One will never hear anybody saying” Yesterday I was very angry and it really helped me to be happy and make others happy. “Anger always brings pain and disconnect us from others. Furthermore, hatred never brings us better results or a permanent settlement. Hatred is like a fire and it will burn us and others. Whoever is looking for an everlasting solution to any problem or situation, it is advisable to distance ourselves from the fire of anger.

Therefore, anger has never been a solution for a better tomorrow. Any form of anger does not guarantee a perfect outcome, it turns things from bad to worse, and finally, just brings more misery and pain.