Yes Bonita.....what's the difference between patience and procrastination? We must learn the distinction. I too have witnessed many "pressing" issues resolve themselves better than by any reaction or perhaps even action might have done so. We've discussed anxiety elsewhere and its negative influence, whereby we worry about many things which never occur. And too often we act to prevent what isn't going to occur anyway and thereby waste time and energy focused on the wrong "potentials". Often such worries are "me" focused too. So, from fear we focus on the wrong thing and act to prevent that which probably won't occur to protect or benefit ourself....in baseball, that's 3 strikes + a foul ball.
One might conclude that if all evil, sin, and iniquity have no substance or value in universe reality, then everything else DOES have importance and connectivity....all of everything has a meaning and value to discern. And everything around us in material form represents a form of pattern or interconnection which reflects universe realities at many levels. From another thread I read more than one person claim that education and credentials are not important (Louis' post was funny...letters behind your name means you are charged more....the Mercedes "surcharge" - I have actually done this - and I too disdain feighned and unearned titles of puffery). We are provided curiosity, intuition, and a processor for a reason, eh? We will not or should not ever stop learning. Expertise is education + experience which eventuates into wisdom given sufficient time. Those with reason must sharpen the reason saw and knowledge adds to the ability to reason, eh? Funny that the more ignorant the individual (not stupid, ignorant/uneducated), the more fearful, hateful, prideful, prejudiced, and self focused that person tends to be (sorry for the generality but this is generally true). Even funnier that great IQs often come with practical dysfuntionality. Both those who do not learn or do so slowly and those who can soak knowledge like a paper towel with a super processor both seem afflicted.
I don't come from a family of means or great education....but knowledge, skill, and experience are revered and my folk are "thumpers" so I was taught to lower my head to no one while I never dared looked down on anyone either. Ignorance lacks informational/data context which shrinks perspective, while the brilliant are often blinded to perspective and relationship perception by context/data overload. Most of humanity lies within the sweet spot but so many seem to not even be aware of that and those around them or dismiss everything as irrelevant if not a threat or opportunity for self. I'm beginning to understand how much "remedial" education will be required of me and most of my fellows as awareness, reason, discernment of meaning and value and potential, motivation, and identification of the superior among all possibilities is rarely mastered by local mortals. All of these, and more, are requried for the "unification" of our being before we can "become" much more than a lump of potential.
And then there is the pace of the day which too often precludes attention and awareness of others, situations, and interaction potentials....we hurry past what Father has brought to us or us to for recognition, contemplation, and relationship. Add hustle and bustle to ignorance, prejudice, and fear/anger/impatience....what a poisen cocktail we have constructed for our distracted amusement, none of which opens the door of the mind to spirit and progress. Eventually, we will be paired with another ascender and each will have a pair of seraphim and each will have the TA and the Supreme. Between now and finality, we must learn not only how to operate our own mind effectively but then learn to harmonize that with another intimately (relates to the sex rehab thread with the Material Sons and Daughters) and within an entire team - 2 morontia minds, 2 TAs, 4 seraphim, the Supreme....and the partridge in the pear tree probably!! We must graduate many classrooms to acquire what will be needed to learn to achieve fusion and finality.
I have begun by learning to see and hear that which is in front of me and to look for what there is to learn there, now. Then take a step and look again. And again. It doesn't take but a step or two to engage life in new ways into new meanings and outcomes. The learned who also act lead the rest of us forward or leave us behind. May we be wise enough to seek knowledge....if not a Mercedes!