One Yoruba proverb says it all…

“Patience is the father of character.” Yet of all spiritual challenges patience ranks high as one of the toughest to master.

What do you say?

Does it feel like the universe is working your very last nerves? Have you been feeling this way for years?

Well, welcome to the club…

For me, the frustration has been around my film. Delays with funding via investors and delays with other fundraising goals that are often beyond my control.

But here’s the thing…

I’m going through what I’m going through for a reason – and it’s a good one. And like it or not, I can assure you that you’re going through what you’re going through for a reason – and it’s a good one.

The soul loves a good challenge, a good fight, a worthy opponent…

Here’s the deal. Frustration is part of the spiritual journey. Granted, I know we don’t like to hear that.

But it’s true.

If things go the way you want them to go without a fight you would be easily bored. There would be no opportunity for spiritual growth. No real sense of achievement. No real way to develop faith or character.

At least, that’s the way we see it in Ifa. Challenges/adversity – are what makes life interesting. There MUST be some hurdle to overcome for the evolution of your soul and for the development for character.

O.K. Maybe your current life lesson isn’t patience. Maybe at the moment you’re meant to learn other lessons: self-love, for example, or forgiveness, or unconditional love, or how to stand up for yourself.

No one gets through life without a lesson…

Keep this in mind as you go through your challenges. Remember that this is a test and that you’re on a worthy spiritual mission. So, instead of dwelling on your frustrations, reflect on the spiritual lessons that your challenges seem to be teaching you.

There is no magic bullet…

There’s no magic escape route…

You are meant to experience what you’re going through, so you might as well adopt a more spiritual approach.

The Yorubas are right. Patience is the key! There can be no wisdom without it.


James Weeks
Producer, Across The King’s River

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