Patience is the ability to accept or tolerate delay without becoming annoyed or anxious and without responding in disrespect or anger.
But today, the trend is different.
“Reduce 10kg of your weight in one week.”
“Get rich in one month.”
These sentences look attractive, right? Not really, it’s only on the words.
Today most of you want fast results.
But if you want quality results and to sustain them for a longer period you need patience. With patience and dedication, you can achieve anything in life.
Here are 3 inspiring Short Stories on patience to explain to you the importance of it.
#1. Short Stories on Patience – King and the Old Woman
Once there was a great king, who was traveling alone in a forest. Soon, he lost his way and was looking around from a hilltop but could not see any people or villages nearby.
It was becoming dark. After some time, he saw some kind of light at a long distance. He started walking in that direction and soon reached a hut.
Outside the hut, there was an old woman who was cleaning the place. After seeing the king, she welcomed him thinking that he was a soldier from King’s army.
She gave the king some water to clean himself and some water to drink. She then spread a mat for him to relax. King started relaxing.
After some time, she bought a plate of hot rice and carry and placed it before him. The king was so hungry that he quickly put his fingers on the hot food. The hot food burnt his” fingers and he spilled some rice on the floor during the process.
The old woman saw this and Said, “Oh, you seem too impatient and hasty like your king, that’s why you have burnt your fingers and lost some food”.
Hearing the old woman’s words, the king was surprised and asked her “why do you think our king is impatient and hasty?.”
The old woman smiled and begin to explain to him. “My dear son, our king is having a big dream of capturing all his enemy forts. During the process, he is ignoring all the small forts of his enemy and trying to capture only the big forts.”
The king interrupted the old woman and Said “That’s the good thing right. What’s the problem with that?”.
She smiled and replied, “Wait, my son. Like your impatience in eating the food, you burned your fingers and wasted some food, In the same way, the king’s impatience to defeat the enemies quickly, causing him the loss of men in his army as well as a worry to him.
So, instead, if you would have eaten the food at the edge of the plate which was cooler, and then at the center, You would not have burnt your fingers as well as not wasted your food.
Similarly, the king should target the small forts and strengthen his position. This will help him to capture the bigger forts without loss of men from his army”.
Hearing this, the king understood his mistake and realized that one should have patience and avoid making any haste in any situation.
Moral of the story:
When you want to achieve something in life, first understood the process of What it takes to achieve it and work on it. Instead, if you are looking for quick results you will become impatient and never achieve what you want in your life.
For example: If you want to look at your weight by 10kg in one week, that’s not going to happen. Instead, focus on 1kg in 2 to 3 weeks and 10kg in 6 months. So, in the long run, with patience, you will achieve what you wanted in your life.
#2. Short Stories on Patience – Two toothbrush companies
Once there were two companies who are competitors to each other in selling toothpaste and toothbrushes for adults.
After few years, there were requirements at the market for toothbrushes for kids. Both the companies well aware that, the first company which comes out with the product will have a higher probability of dominating the market.
The first company, instead of doing any field research, took the logical approach. Since adults have bigger hands they need long and thick toothbrushes. Whereas kids have smaller hands, so they would need small and thin toothbrushes. So, without any second thought, to gain the market, they designed and produced the kid’s toothbrush in few weeks and launched it in the market.
On the other side, the second company did extensive field research. They went to hundreds of kids and observed the way they held the toothbrush and brushed their teeth. They received also took feedback on what kids wanted.
After the research, the Second company decided that – they need a toothbrush similar to adults in terms of size with some grooves. Because kids, instead of holding the toothbrush in their fingers like adults, clung to the toothbrush.
Thus instead of making a small toothbrush like the first company, they went with a bigger toothbrush which helps the tides to brush effectively. In addition, they also added, some colors and cartoon characters to the toothbrush to make it more attractive to the kids.
Soon they launched the toothbrush n the market and sold a record number of toothbrushes and started dominating the market.
Moral of the story:
Have patience in building your knowledge and understand what is required to achieve your goal. The more time, you spend on the initial stages, more the confidence you will get In the longer run.
Never go for shortcuts, it may give you instant success, but to make it consistent for a longer period you need patience.
#3. Short Stories on Patience – Never give up
In a beautiful village, there was a family of four. A husband, a wife, a son, and a daughter. They moved to the city for starting a business. with little savings and some financial help from his close circle, he opened a shop.
On the first day of opening the shop, there were no customers. And the first week there were no customers. Even after a month, there were no customers.
During these difficult times, the family didn’t lose hope. Every day the man woke up early, his wife prepared food early, he opened his shop early and closed his shop late. They were having one meal per day. But they never give up.
After close to 2 months, they had their first customer. With quality service to the first customer and through word of mouth, he started receiving more customers to his shop. And it was no looking back for him after his first customer.
Now, it’s been 20 years since he started. His business has grown big and now has multiple branches across the city. His son and daughter also started managing his business.
Still, every day the man wakes up early, the lady now cooks for both her children and her husband. Open their shop early and close their shop late. They never give up!
Moral of the story:
Time can test your patience but you should never let yourself down. Have that never-give-up attitude and have patience, you will definitely succeed.
These stories must have thought you the importance of patience. With patience, you can achieve anything in your life. Everything needs time, you cannot expect fruit from the day you plant a seed.
Wait for your fruit, it will definitely taste good.
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