There were things in the world which took a considerably long time to mature. It is the nature of a task that determines the length of time it would take to be accomplished. Some people are in the habit of getting impatient when a task takes a little longer than usual to complete. They do not understand or rather deliberately forget the nature of the task and start losing heart. This maxim is used to tell the impatient people that great works are not done/accomplished overnight or in haste. Such things require requisite time, patience and continuous effort. It is applicable not only in the case of studies but also in the case of success in life itself that one needs steady and continuous work.
Civilizations did not develop in a country or two. Neither science nor technology is the result of the efforts
of one individual or a single experiment. It is because l| hundreds of people zealously worked for generations together that we now enjoy easy and comfortable life. Most of the people who had so toiled are not known to the history. They die,people, who never cared for fame; their sole aim was to go ahead steadfastly in their work. They are the people unwept and unsung. It is certainly because of the undaunted efforts of these unknown heroes that we stand at the place where we I today find ourselves. And, it is the case with every human i endeavour—be it in science, art, religion or related to 1 the growth of civilization. Patience is required in accomplishing any great task. A short cut, no matter I how promising it may seem to appear, cannot lead one f to success.
Mahatma Gandhi did not coin the term “non-violence” h or “civil disobedience”. Ahimsa has been preached for generations by eminent souls and, in fact, it had become our way of life when we claim we are vegetarians; and I for centuries of foreign rule, the only expression of I discontent had been non-violent disobedience; the grand I culmination of these principles and practices was in L India’s attainment of independence. But when the struggle was on, people were not daunted; they solidly stood I behind Mahatmaji, which resulted in our country’s I independence
When we turn to nature and watch a bird making its nest, we will certainly be amazed at its patience and perseverance. A bird like a crow brings dry sticks and twigs from a tree in its beak, puts them at the joint of two branches, arranges and rearranges them till it finally takes the shape of a nest the crow wants it to be. The crow does not give up its job—a stick may fall now and then, and the wind may blow off its parody built nest—till it is complete. This is the kind of perseverance we need to cultivate. We have got to realize that obstacles will certainly come on the way: and the path to success is always strewn with stones and thorns.
We must keep our spirit alive and upright until we reach our desired destination. The jungles are dark and daunting. But when once, we cross these woods and reach the other end, the joy will be boundless and the journey will become worth all the trouble.
All great things have been built up through years of preparation and hard work. As legends have it, wThat is now the great city of Rome was in the long past a marshy tract of land. Two brothers, Romulus, and Remus, laid there the foundation of a city. Then Rome became one of the wonders of the wTorld, not overnight by the magic of Aladdin’s wonder lamp, but by steady and strenuous efforts of its rulers and people. Step by step, Rome was built up and once became the capital and nerve-centre of the great Roman Empire, where all roads of Europe once led to. It took a long time for this city to develop into a grand city. Similarly, nothing great can be achieved all at once or overnight.
The great inventions and discoveries of the world were the result of the labor and efforts of many men for many years. Behind a great discovery, there were years of devotion and patient work of a scientist. Simply by one jump, however high, we cannot reach the top of Mount Everest. Indeed, with proper patience and perseverance, a mountain can be scaled. Lives of great men show that they attained greatness by the hard way of their determined efforts. What is required in the technologically advanced world of today where everybody is busy doing multitasking, is to have patience and perseverance, and not haste.
Great discoverers have shown the wonderful tenacity of purpose and commendable endurance in their pursuits. They never showed any sign of discouragement even after successive failures. Had they been hasty or had they shown signs of disappointment, they would not have been remembered today with great honor. We are aware of the perseverance that enabled Tenzing Norgay to reach atop Mount Everest. Milton took almost a quarter-century of years to complete his great epics Paradise Lost and Paradise Regained. Tulsidas took several years of constant labor in creating his Ramcharit Manas. Great men did not become great in a day. They labored hard for many years. The fruit of their labor was their success in life.
A close look at the maxim will make it evident that the word ‘Rome’ represents a great, noble or a monumental task. And the word ‘in a day’ indicates the amount of time. The position is now very clear that monumental or great tilings cannot be done in haste, they require not one day, but a long period of time. It is an advice to those who after having put in a little work or labor want excellent result immediately. They would be committing a mistake by doing so. It is a lesson for those who want to do big or great things in life so that they can be prepared to work hard continuously for a long time without losing patience. Patience is crucial in this process. Impatience will lead us nowhere. It will waste the labor or efforts we have already put in. Therefore, it is advisable to learn this lesson and translate it into action. We should have a firm determination and should sincerely works hard. We cannot achieve success unless we put in the required amount of work in a specified period. The period of time is as important as the amount of labor. Therefore, the key to the accomplishment of any big task is labor, patience, and perseverance.
Suppose a man is not keeping good health. He wants to improve his health. Can any exercise, medicine or tonic has the power to improve one’s health overnight? The answer is obviously ‘no’. For improving one’s health, the man will have to take regular exercise and medicines for a period of time, before he can find any improvement in his health. Patience is the essence of it.
We may fail in our attempts to accomplish a task, but w7e must try again and again until it is finished. If we are in haste, we cannot do our work. If we are impatient, we cannot reach the goal. It is like climbing a tree. A man cannot reach the top of a tree at once. He climbs up from the lowest part and then gradually reaches the top. Men have no wings like birds. They cannot soar. They must go up step by step to reach the top of the mountain. Hard-working men alone can rise to eminence. Great men have toiled day and night. They have faced many difficulties. Even, they have met with failures. But they have not lost heart. They have continued their work in the long run and have won the prize for their effort.
Life is not a bed of roses. There is no royal road to success. We must go on working. We must not stop. We must not be dejected after initial failures. Then only it is possible to do great works. Palatial buildings were not built in a day. For example, the Taj Mahal is a marvel of architectural workmanship winch took seventeen years to complete. Shahjahan got this finest piece of architecture constructed with great patience and with huge expenditure over such a long span of time. If we want to leave behind us a monument of glory, we must be patient, hard-working and honest. We must always remember the proverb that ‘Rome wars not built in a day and we must apply the meaning of this proverb to our tasks. Then we are bound to succeed.