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One day, my old friend contractor Michael Conroy and I were discussing life, and he said to me, "'There comes a point where you just have to have faith that things will work out, even though you might be completely discouraged over your rate of progress." He told me he has always loved Leonardo da Vinci's comment about patience: "Sir, being truly patient is being patient when you no longer thought it was conceivably possible to do so." Michael continued, "I've given up wanting to be famous for anything. Now I just build houses, and people seem to want me to do that. Over the years, I have learned that I am not alone. I have learned to look for the lessons in every situation, and when you realize you are in a life lesson, it really frees you. I've also learned not to have expectations and not to let fear stop me from doing new things. One day, I suddenly thought, "Why am I not struggling so much anymore?" Of course, I still have problems, but I'm not as worried as I used to be. Then I think, "Have I fallen off the edge? Or am I finally getting it?" It's like finally getting sober and life actually starts to work. You click on at a deep level. At least I feel that now I'm in the right ballpark."
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