Robert the Bruce was fighting for the independence of Scotland against the English, but he lost a battle and was hiding in a cave. He was downtrodden and perhaps even contemplating that everything was hopeless. He was not alone in that cave. A spider was his companion and he watched with wonder as the spider spun his web. The spider tried many times to create his web but never gave up.

If a spider never gives up, why should Robert the Bruce, so he resolved to fight again. Our spider was both patient and persistent.

Greatest Lesson from Robert the Bruce
Robert the Bruce is a story of the greatest patience and persistence. As a result, Robert the Bruce never gave up on what he believed was right and nor should you. You may have to rethink your approach and you may have to do things in new ways, but the essential reason for your course in life should always continue. Your raison d’etre (reason for being) should remain at the core of your being always. There are many ways to skin a cat but the cat should remain. Never give up, never stop doing what you think is right.

The second story is about the hare and the tortoise. In a race to see who is the fastest, it should be a no brainer as to who would win hands down. But the hare did not play his cards right and slowly but surely with persistence, surprisingly the tortoise won. This story reminds me of a quote said to be by Confucius, that it does not matter how slowly you go, so long as you do not stop. Make it a point to develop the power of patience coupled with persistence to experience greater success.

B: Balm of life, patience is a real balm and reminds us to keep calm because waiting for things to happen is part and parcel of this worldly existence. Building up patience skills should be one of your priorities, so that patience really is your balm of life.
L: Looking at life with the eyes of patience, you will see more of life’s blessings and treasures that otherwise you would be too busy and impatient to see. Living with patience permits you to develop the persistence to create things of value.
E: Everything improves with patience. For the masters of patience, it is a panacea, reducing stress and facilitating relationships.
S: Serenity is a by-product of patience. See and experience more of life when you determine that whatever life throws at you, the response will be a serene one.
S: Strengthen your powers to be patient and rise to higher levels of peacefulness. Success comes when you act with urgency, but then remain patient as the results materialize.

Y: Your ability to be patient is a profoundly powerful tool for dealing with all challenging situations. You are the person who benefits the most from your patience. Remember that always.
O: Opportunities abound to practice patience. Make the most of these opportunities to become a past master of the skill of patience.
U: Understanding the power of patience means you always do the best that you can do but in the knowledge that results may take time.

B: Building up your powers of persistence will pay dividends in any endeavor you want to undertake.
L: Look forward to your goal and see it clearly. Looking forward increases confidence and combined with persistence propels you towards your goal.
E: Effort that is repeated again and again will lead on the exceptional results. Extraordinary persistence combined with ordinary abilities can lead to extraordinary results.
S: Special skills are not necessary. You just need the ability to keep on going with even more determination than before.
S: Step by step and often just one more step will do the trick. Persistent people weigh up the options and the consequences, and then take that next step. If you can make one step, you can do it again and again and again and again. Step forward again and again on the road to success.

Y: Your level of commitment, which is another word for persistence in this context, can make all the difference in achieving success.
O: Outstanding opportunities open up to those who are willing to be persistent while taking action.
U: Utilize smaller opportunities so that you can attract the bigger opportunities. Use your persistence to help you achieve the desires of your heart.

Author's Bio: 

I am an English specialist with I CAN READ. I have worked for major British institutions: British Council, British High Commission, British Railways Board and Linguaphone. I am a London-trained lawyer and have been the public affairs officer at the British High Commission, Singapore, as well as an editor in an international book publishing house and a national magazine. I am also co-author of two law books: English Legal System and Company Law, published by Blackstone, Oxford University Press. I am an Ambassador of Peace (Universal Peace Federation and Interreligious and International Federation for World Peace). Connect: Email susanmckenzie2003@yahoo.co.uk http://sg.linkedin.com/in/susanmckenzie https://twitter.com/#!/abetoday http://www.facebook.com/pages/Teacher-Su-McKenzie-English-Expert-Total-L...