Patience is actually active and not passive as you may think.

Patience is also dominant and not dormant as you may see it. “It’s Dominant not Dormant” is a powerful poem by Athan Oparaji.

So,”Patience is building calluses on every side”. Patience is called a concentrated strength. What’s done in a hurry most times is not really done absolutely well. We master our craft with practice.

Have you experienced the effect of a gas explosion? It’s always a disaster because of the patient and progressive building up of uncontrollable pressure in a  process unit. I’m writing from an engineering perspective . Just because you don’t see the pressure building inside the system you feel it’s dormant but it’s actually dominating its environment.

So, “Patience is the hourglass of greatness”. Think of it as an hourglass. Thousands of grains of sand in the top all pass slowly and evenly through the narrow neck on the middle without you noticing the great effect. Looking at it you feel it’s not active but after an hour you can feel the effect.This is why I wrote in one of my articles: “How I got the important tool that screwed me into my dream: an engineer” published at “MyEngineers” that Physics is a part of my life.

Sometimes the world thinks we are rejected, failing, dormant, inactive and not moving to the next level of expectations. They misconstrue patience with failure. But success is “failure in disguise” to teach you about the higher energy levels.

For instance, I was once rejected for a challenge that was beyond my control caused by thieves. It was as if I  was shut off from the world but it turned out to be the “Hourglass of Greatness”. I had to write a powerful article on emotional intelligence . .This patience of mirage of rejections I call them preparation times because my rejections in patience have confirmed the words of Serena Williams: “You Don’t Build Tenacity, Work Ethic, A Lot Of Stuff Without Failing” It makes you stronger, grittier and extra appreciative when you do reach your goals,”

Mae Carol Jemison is an American chemical engineer, physician and NASA astronaut. She became the first African American woman to travel in space when she went into orbit aboard the Space Shuttle Endeavour on September 12, 1992.

Mae Jemison grew up with big dreams in a world where little black girls were discouraged to dream.And even though she faced rejections,racism,many hard challenges and personal conflicts, she still reached her dream of becoming an astronaut and engineer.She is a real and a live example that anything is possible if you put your mind to it.

So I believe with full confidence that Mae Jemison also represents this quote: “Patience is the Hourglass of Greatness”.

So, as engineers, when you are on that waiting list called patience just know that it is the hourglass of greatness.

Ikenna Athan Oparaji. He is a poet, creative picturesque writer,chemical engineer and currently an Asset Integrity Engineer at Liquid Energy Global Services Limited. He has obtained training and certifications from JOTUN MEIA, Solartech International UAE,Mascoat USA and IMG Composites Limited Aberdeen UK on Asset Integrity Management programs. He can be reached by email:


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