26 Jan Patience and Faith
So this post is going to be another Broadway based lesson (sorry in advance). If you read last week’s entry then you know that I’ve been on an In The Heights kick, and this post will also be talking about someone from the same play. However, instead of spending the next few hundred words or so describing Nina’s plight, I’ll be writing about an older character— Claudia.
Claudia is old enough to be a grandmother, and so she plays that role for everyone in The Heights. She’s the one that everybody can count on when they’re in trouble. She even takes in one of the other main characters, Usnavi, to live with her when his parents die. She didn’t have much, but she still shared it with everyone when they needed it.
In a song that she sings entitled, “Paciencia y Fe” she goes over the story of her life. She starts off saying that she grew up in Havana but then she moved to America with her mom because there was no food or work for them there in their hometown. They were after the American dream, so they left, but it was just as difficult for them in New York as it was in Havana. Claudia and her mom had to do back breaking work to get just a little bit of money. Even though times were tough, her mom would always tell her “paciencia y fe,” which means patience and faith. I don’t know about you, but I think it would be pretty hard to maintain patience and faith if you were in Claudia’s position. Maybe there are even some of you out there right now who are reading this that might be in a similar spot that Claudia and her mom were in. You know first-hand how difficult it is to maintain patience and faith in your life. Everything has been stacked against you, and you just feel like it would be easier to give up. And the truth of the matter is that it probably would be easier to throw in the towel BUT you shouldn’t. Claudia kept on pushing on and then decades later she ended up winning the lottery. Chances are, you’re not going to win the lottery, but there is a good chance that your life won’t always be as difficult as it is right now. You have to keep patience and faith.
And when I say faith, I don’t mean faith in the religious since of the word. If you believe in some higher power and you have faith that they exist then that’s all well and good, but what I’m talking about is faith in yourself. I have a few friends that have an insane amount of faith in some all-powerful being. Whenever something bad happens in their life it doesn’t shake their faith in the being that they believe in. So if these people can keep faith in something that they’ve never even actually seen before then I’m sure that you can keep enough faith in yourself to know that you have the strength to make it through this situation.
The second part of this equation is patience. You can’t just expect for the good life to appear overnight. It takes time. You have to be willing to wait for something that’s good. You can’t just give up when you don’t get what you want right away because that’s not how life works for most of us. Sure it happens once every blue moon, but for the vast majority of people out there, we have to develop patience because what we want isn’t just going to magically appear one day. You have to work at. Claudia never gave up on getting the “American dream.” She kept working hard and years and years later she got something good.
Positive thinker you have to have patience. One day you’ll see the fruits of your labor. And you also have to have faith in yourself. And like so many things in life, agreeing to keep patience and faith is easier said than done. It’s easy to say that you’re going to not be so hard on yourself when you don’t see you hard work paying off right away, and it’s easy to say that you’re always going to believe in yourself. The hard thing to do is to actually make sure that your actions match your words and your thoughts. It’s difficult, but when you find the strength to do it, you’ll also see one day that having that patience and faith works out in your favor.