Patience (as they say) comes to those who wait. But it is how we wait, and what we’re waiting for, that makes all the difference in how we experience our day-to-day life.

Are you a “patient” or “impatient” waiter? Do you stand with your arms crossed, tapping your foot, impatiently waiting for something better to show in your life than whatever is happening right now? Or do you stand fully in the present moment, patiently trusting that Life is Good right where you are, and that no moment is a waste of your time? Are you convinced that your every thought is heard by a Creative Universe that is always attentive and listening and always has your happiness in mind? Or are you convinced that the Universe didn’t the memo about what you need, that the God of your Being didn’t understand the urgency of request, or that your good has been high-jacked by someone else, somewhere else, and you’ll just have to pray again and wait for another shipment?

Even though we appear to live in a want-it-now-have it now-fast food-Amazon Prime shipping world, still it we spend much of our day-to-day life waiting. Like the “short term” waiting at the post office, in a traffic jam, at the airport, or in the doctor’s office. Often we can spend our day just getting through it with minor irritation. But then there is the “long term” waiting that takes up a greater proportion of our thoughts and our mood—whether the waiting is only months away, like waiting next vacation, or so far away we can’t see it from where we are now, e.g., waiting to feel healthier, for more free time, for success, to make money, to retire. And the wait goes on and on.

In fact, waiting can become such a habit that we can spend our whole life waiting to start living. Waiting for life to get Good keeps us from experiencing life as Good. Waiting for the right conditions for happiness causes us to continually look ahead and miss being happy now because we’ve decided we don’t want what we’ve got now. We want what we haven’t got now.

Such waiting causes us to be impatient wherever we are; to live focused on some future time where we are sure we’ll be happier, healthier, wealthier, more free. Focusing on what we haven’t got now causes stress and inner conflict between the present moment, which is where we are now and where our power exists to create the life desire, and some projected future that isn’t here yet  and actually won’t be created in a positive way out of the impatience, stress and conflict we feel now.

Every thought is a prayer. Every moment we are saying through the vibrations of our thoughts and feelings that we are either stressed and unhappy with life, or that we trust Good is Present now and our experiences of that Good will only get better and better. Either way we get more of same because we’re asking for it through our thinking. If we let “hope keep us joyful” in each moment, joyful thoughts will arise in us and create more in life to be happy about. If we’re “patient in our troubles” new ideas for resolving them are able to arise in us.

As the saying goes, “Time was invented so everything doesn’t happen at once!” Why can’t we be content to trust in Life’s timing for us over own anxiety-ridden urgency to have what we want right when we want it?

Patience, i.e., trust-filled waiting, means surrendering control of how we think things should go, and when they should get going, to the ultimate Timekeeper within us that has a much broader view of our life than limited human perception gives us. We may not know what mental obstacles need to be removed from our thinking, what lifestyle changes need to come about, or who we need to rendezvous with (meet on the street, join with at work, or engage with in some other way) before the pathway upon which our heart’s desire is traveling is clear enough to allow what we want to manifest and take form and expression in our life.

Every desire we have for better health, greater wealth, more peace of mind, happier relationships, and more fulfilling activities is heard by the Universal Ear and known to Universal Mind. Every prayer is answered according to our openness in each moment to receive. If the answer to our prayer doesn’t seem to be arriving “on time,” we might want to check our mood and attitude while we are waiting. We not only need to remove any barriers we have built within us against our worthiness to receive our Good, we need to stop throwing more obstacles on our path through our insistence that we know far more about Perfect Timing than the Divine Being we are asking to answer our prayer.

“All in good time” is the same as saying “ All in God’s Time.” That God-given awareness, that more expansive view of our life, lives in us. Our Inner Being is so One with All things that It is aware of everything (especially everything we want) and It always knows the best arrival time for whatever we are calling to us.