Patience is a VIRTUE!

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What is Patience ?

  • “Patience” is best described as a state of forbearance or restraint in the face of delay or provocation, without becoming overwhelmed by annoyance or anger. It is the ability to endure something negative that’s found its’ way into our environment, without letting it control our behavior.
  • Patience is a person’s ability to wait something out or endure something tedious, without getting riled up. Having patience means you can remain calm, even when you’ve been waiting forever or dealing with something painstakingly slow or trying to teach someone how to do something and they just don’t get it. It involves acceptance and tolerance.

What’s a Virtue ?

  • Virtue is the quality of being morally good.

The word virtue comes from the Latin root vir, for man. At first virtue meant manliness or valor, but over time it settled into the sense of moral excellence. Virtue can also mean excellence in general. One of your virtues might be your generous willingness to help out your friends. The phrase “by virtue of” means “as a result of” or “by authority of.” You will achieve success by virtue of hard work.

This sentiment is a reflection upon someone’s ability to wait for something. By calling patience a virtue, or state of moral excellence, it leads people to believe an ability to wait without agitation is an admirable quality

Part of the reason this has been a long-standing truth throughout history is because patience often goes against our instincts . It’s something everyone struggles with, including our earliest ancestors.

The good news is, patience is a skill that can be learned over time. The more we exercise patience, the less likely we are to become agitated when forced to wait for something. Mastering this virtue will make for a happier life. That’s certainly one of the reasons why it’s so famously touted by writers and philosophers alike.

Information above was obtained from various sources and it was mainly used so people can get a meaningful understanding on patience and virtue before I share my story. Now, ladies and gents… the story.

I decided to write this blog after watching a movie, but the thought came to me because a woman inside a restaurant today told me that I was very patient. I went to order food at a restaurant today and it was very busy due to it being Mother’s Day. I was just patiently waiting to order and in came a lady behind me who was picking up a order; she worked for doordash and when I noticed that, I decided to let her go before me because I knew she was on a time limit. She randomly stated, ” your very patient” to which I responded, ” patience is a virtue”. We talked about patience and how she wanted to be better at it and how you gain nothing from not being patient; you might even lose more initially.

I’ve always heard that saying all throughout life and I didn’t really grasp it until later in life. However, my understanding on patience being a virtue is that patience will benefit you throughout life in numerous ways. I’ve had people give me extra food at restaurants due to my patience and I’ve learned things too just by being patience. By being patient, I have gained more than I loss (time).

In addition, patience taught me that things will happen at the right time and not when I want them to happen. When you force something it will not be there long because it didn’t come naturally, even though you obtained it; you might have not been ready for it.

For example, someone hitting the lottery for 20 million, won’t have it for long because they have never dealt with the problems that come when you have that kind of money. However, someone who has been gradually increasing their income will be better suited to deal with it because as time went, they learned what comes with money.

I remember working as a mentor for a blind and disable student while in college, and I am so glad that I did it because; man did she teach me so much patience. We both learned a lot from each other but mostly she taught me how to be more patient and understanding with people. I got a look into her world of how people treat her and it just woke me up to how different life is for everyone. Which made me become more patient and humble with everyone. because everyone is fighting their own battles; so no need for me add fire to the flame. Patience will teach you so much; GIVE IT A TRY!

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