Jumping the gun

It’s a way in which anxiety manifests in our lives. The opposite of anxiety is not peace, but patience.

Patience is not passive.

Patience is most captured at the moment before the gun goes off on a 100m final. All the muscles are tensioned. They are poised for a quick response. The mind is focussed, not on the sound, but on the action, the sound unleashes.

When we jump the gun we hope to get a leg up on our competition. Our lack of patience disqualifies us instead.

It takes a lot of practice to manage the split second that sometimes separates settings of silver and audacious belligerence.

Perhaps the biggest challenge is that those who lack patience don’t think they do.

Matt Lee

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