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The Slow Hand of Progress

December 11, 2012

Whether it is being frustrated with organizational issues or beauocracy, not getting that promotion you hoped for,  being unsure of what direction you want to  take with your career, or starting a new business, may of us are unsatisfied with the slow hand of progress. “For everything there is a season and a time for everything purpose under heaven,” scripture tells us.  But believing  and living this is something else indeed.

The important things to remember are to make sure that every day you are doing the right things to reach your goals.  Stay on task.  Persevere despite setbacks.  Move ahead even if you are uncertain  what the future holds for you. Be open to opportunities.  Set goals, but  adjust them as necessary.  Keep the faith.

The quote below may help to keep you centered.

“Above all, trust in the slow work of God

We are quite naturally impatient in everything to reach the end without delay.

We should like to skip the intermediate stages.

We are impatient of being on the way to something unknown, something new.

And yet it is the law of progress that it is made by passing through some stages of instability — and that it may take a very long time.

And so I think it is with you.

Your ideas mature gradually — let them grow, let them shape themselves, without undue haste.

Don’t try to force them on, as though you could be today what time (that is to say, grace and circumstances acting on your own good will) will make of you tomorrow.

Only God could say what this new spirit gradually forming within you will be.

Give Our Lord the benefit of believing that his hand is leading you, and accept the anxiety of feeling yourself in suspense and incomplete.”

– By Pierre Teilhard De Chardin SJ



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