So, we have all heard the saying “Patience is a virtue”. Now, what does that mean? I looked up a few different definitions. I like to keep things simple, so took the following from the dictionary:
Patience: an ability or willingness to suppress restlessness or annoyance when confronted with delay.
Virtue: a good or admirable quality or property.
Now, I am not going to put this together since I know anyone reading this can do that themselves and I am sure that most everyone at least had an idea of what the phrase meant. But, I wanted to just throw out the actual meaning for reference.
This is something that I struggle with on a daily basis. Patience is something that we all deal with at some point in our lives. As early as a toddler through our complete adult life. I have known many people that I envy when it comes to having an enormous amount of patience. (My awesome sister is the first to come to mind) I think to myself, how do they do that?
For some, they are gifted with this ability. Think about Daycare workers and teachers. Their patience is tested daily and quite often through out a day. Think about the farmers, they work so hard preparing and planting a tiny seed and have to wait months for their rewards. (Kudos to all of them) There are so many times in our day and in our lives that our patience is tested. Now, as I mentioned already, I struggle with this daily. One of my biggest patience testers is sitting in traffic. I loath sitting in traffic. Another one that is quite frequent is standing in line at the store.
The truth is, our patience is tested no matter what we are doing or where we are at. School, work, sporting events, etc. This list could go on and on. There has been numerous times that I have exhibited a lack of patience only to be humbled by the cause of the delay. Some of those times I have just wanted to go hide after the fact. Not because of anything I did, but because I was so annoyed by the situation and then to find out the reason why, I felt terrible for complaining about me having to wait for whatever it was.
This has held true at work, at the store, in traffic, etc. The point is, we have to deal with patience everyday and everywhere we go for some reason or another. In most recent cases, I have been trying to make good effort at being more patient. If I am at the grocery store, I try to keep my mind on something else, something positive. If I am sitting in traffic or behind slow vehicles, I look at it as if God is keeping me safe, slowing me down for an unknown reason that I may not see.
So, however you work on getting better at having the “ability or willingness to suppress restlessness or annoyance when confronted with delay”, just know that it is not mastered overnight. For some of us, it may never be mastered, for others this task comes rather easily. (I envy you).
I am working on my ability everyday. It is constantly tested. This week has been a huge struggle. There are many things I want to happen now! The fact of the matter is, I have to wait, patiently.
So, I just read something as I was writing this and thought I would share:
“Patience is not the ability to wait, but the ability to keep a good attitude while waiting”
Whatever you are waiting for, keep a good attitude and press forward.
Until next time…