Power versus Patience

Blog 2539 – 10.10.2022

Power versus Patience

Power may win a few battles, but patience and persistence always wins the the race or the war. Aesop’s famous parable of the tortoise and the hare illustrates this principle as does a song from an Old Testament quote:

“Not to the strong is the battle

Not to the swift is the race

But to the true and the faithful

Victory is promised through grace.”

Seeing so many get ahead by violence and force can cause us to lose faith in the old saw: “You cannot do wrong and get by, no matter how hard you may try” and instead start believing things like, “No good deed goes unpunished” and “Good guys always finish last.” Just leave off the last word of that last quote and you have the truth, “Good guys always finish.”

The Great War Lords and Con-men always get caught up in their own webs of destruction and deceit. “Oh, what a tangled web we weave,when first we practice to deceive.”

Patient persistence always wins out in the end. The farmer’s promise applies to all worthy endeavors, “In due season we shall reap, if we faint not.” My heart just seems to be full of quotes today, “Faint heart never won fair lady” and “Keep on, keeping on.”

I conclude with two likely to be quoted candidates: Power like control is often just an illusion. Patience and persistence, what ever the job is, always get it done.

Your friend and fellow traveler,

David White


No Matter How Strong

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