Patience is bitter, but its fruit is sweet. – Aristotle
Xi Wang Mu is the Daoist Chinese goddess of immortality, often referred to as the Queen or Royal Mother of the West and rules over the western paradise of the immortals. Very early stories described her as a terrifying tiger-woman who brought the plague, but under the influence of Daoism she became a benign goddess. Later stories have her as the wife of the Jade Emperor.
She is said to have lived in a nine-storey palace of jade in the mythical Kun-lun mountains, near the Lake of Jewels.
It was surrounded by a wall over a thousand miles long and constructed of pure gold. In her garden she cultivated the peach of immortality. This peach tree forms only one peach every three thousand years, which then takes another three thousand years to ripen. When it is ripe, Xi Wang Mu invited the immortals to a feast to celebrate their birthday and to partake of the miraculous peach which bestows another lease of immortality.
After reading this story, it reminded me yet again, of the patience that is needed, to cultivate a rich and meaningful life. It takes time and commitment to understand who we are and to understand our soul purpose. We may compare ourselves to others and wonder why we are not striding ahead in leaps and bounds, as they may seem to be. But it takes far less time to assemble a house of cards, than it does a palace.
The greater the contribution and patience we have in this lifetime, the stronger the foundations will be for our journey ahead.
There are no short cuts in life and although we may not wait three thousand years, like Grandmother Xi Wang Mu to bear fruit, she understood long before us, that some things were worth waiting for.