There are many definitions of patience; I liked Wikipedia’s: the state of endurance under difficult circumstances, which can mean persevering in the face of delay or provocation without acting on negative annoyance/anger; or exhibiting forbearance when under strain, especially when faced with longer-term difficulties. Patience is the level of endurance one can take before negativity. It is also used to refer to the character trait of being steadfast.
Patience truly is a virtue, which can be quite challenging at times. It’s interesting, while writing this post I felt stuck and became impatient with myself because I could not find the words to describe patience. The first example that came to mind when learning patience is when I brought my daughter and newborn son to the hospital, at least one to three times a week, for my daughter’s chemotherapy treatments. Even if it was a routine checkup, which was supposed to last no more than an hour, it usually took between four hours to an entire day waiting at the hospital. This was a tough, but great lesson in patience. I finally gave up on the idea of an hour appointment and accepted that we would be at the hospital most of the day even when we weren’t scheduled to be there for an entire day. I believe that this is one of my hardest lessons to learn while here on Earth, and God, with It’s sense of humor, gave me more than enough lessons to learn patience; which is still a work in progress. Ironically, my computer decided to run unusually, very slowly while writing this post…another lesson in patience.
When I think of people that have shown great patience, the first person that comes to mind is Nelson Mandela; the epitome of patience. Not only was he imprisoned for 27 years, he chose peace when he was released! His situation would take an incredible amount of patience and strength. Who do you feel is a great example of patience? What does patience mean to you? Post a comment to let me know your thoughts.
“Infinite patience brings immediate results.” ~ Dr. Wayne Dyer
“Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
“Little drops of water wear down big stones.” ~ Russian Proverb