Patience is the “capacity to accept or tolerate delay, trouble, or suffering without getting angry or upset.” It’s the hardest thing for me to do, especially in our world of 30-second sound-bites, and the world-wide web. Everything is instant gratification.
Have you ever wondered why patience is a virtue or why patience is so good for us? I have. A virtue is a symbol of moral excellence and goodness. Patience teaches us to wait. Waiting tests our motives. Having patience and waiting for the right thing at the right time show our desire for what is right for us. And this is the key. Learning to cooperate with time. The best way that I’ve found to do this is to be optimistic and have fun with life. I can’t always have instant gratification so why try and force something now. The thing I can do when learning to wait is to be thankful for all that I have now. It makes us pay attention to what is happening now and not focus on what we don't have.
Philosopher and Catholic Priest, Henri JM Nouwen said, "A waiting person is a patient person. The word patience means the willingness to stay where we are and live the situation out to the full in the belief that something hidden there will manifest itself to us."
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Annie Dragoo is a wife, mother, actor, singer, dancer, educator, and holistic health practitioner who lives in Austin, Texas.