Patience Is Still A Virtue
I have jokingly said “Patience is a virtue… that I don’t possess.” HAHA
What is a virtue anyway? Dictionary.com says… “–noun 1. moral excellence; goodness. 2. conformity of one’s life and conduct to moral and ethical principles; uprightness. 3. a good or admirable quality.”
Let’s go with #3. So, patience is a good or admirable quality. Okay, I can agree with that, but it sure can be an extremely difficult quality to have.
How about the definition of patience? Dictionary.com says… “–noun 1. the quality of being patient, as the bearing of provocation, annoyance, misfortune, or pain, without complaint, loss of temper, irritation, or the like. 2. an ability or willingness to suppress restlessness or annoyance when confronted with delay.”
Wow! “Wait” is not part of the definition of patience.
To me being patient has always meant waiting for something (good or bad but waiting nonetheless).
Hm, well I don’t know about you, but I just learned something new! Patience isn’t waiting. It’s how we handle the waiting. Interesting.
You must admit, though, that the words “wait” and “patience” often go together. There are a number of ways to react to having to wait. We can
• roll our eyes and sigh loudly
• stand, or sit, with arms crossed, toe tapping and scowling
• try to stare a hole through the person we think should be more quick
• plan ahead to wait by bringing a book or iPad to occupy our time
• turn up the car radio and sing out loud
• smile graciously and chill out
Which behavior best describes you as you wait?
It seems “Patience Is A Virtue” loosely translated means: Not getting bent out of shape when things don’t go your way is a good quality. Simple, right? Maybe simply but not always easy.
Remember to take a moment to notice how you are reacting to any given situation and adjust as needed.