Monday, March 14, 2016

Patience

"Good things come to those who wait."

I don't know who said that, and I'm sure there are many who would disagree, but as another saying goes -

"Patience is its own reward."

Which I suppose is another way of saying the same thing.

I am not innately patient. Indeed, that must be a rare virtue to occur naturally, or we wouldn't have so many sayings to encourage patience.

Patience is not a passive state. It is not mere resignation, waiting for whatever happens.

Patience has a goal, and works actively towards it, and steadily, without getting discouraged or angry that it requires more work to reach the end result.

I'm learning to treasure patience, and even enjoy it. Having set difficult goals for myself this year, I must patiently pursue them, or be a liar to myself. They are personal goals - no one can keep me from attaining them except me. Patience is my friend and partner, helping me work through the hard spots.

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