Having patience is the ability to tolerate waiting and delays without becoming frustrated or agitated.
Moreover, it is the ability to remain calm when facing difficulties and adversity. By controlling ones restlessness and emotions the patient person is able to effectively control their natural impulses that can often lead the astray.
In the modern era we live in a society where almost everything is immediately made available at our beckoning call, a perfect example is Google, when you instantly need answers to something you just search. If you want a quick bit to eat, just call your local pizza delivery place, or perhaps when you need an entertainment, you just have it a click away on your TV, mobile device or computer. Given how society has shaped our behaviour and expectations, it’s easy to see that patience for most people would be quite difficult to come by. Who needs to be patient when you pretty much can have everything you want or need at your fingertips?
Although this might be true at a convenience level, this is far from true on other levels where for instance our goals are involved, or when dealing with other people. In such instances patience is absolutely paramount, however for the most part, because we live in a convenience society, most people simply don’t have of it, and that is why they struggle. I actually feel like patience is an absolute requirement for the attainment of any goal, because some things simply can’t be rushed or hurried. They need your thought and attention to detail to bring to fruition.
Moreover, some things just take time and effort on your part; they require a long term commitment.
Having said that, patience isn’t about sitting idle waiting for patience to happen that is not patience, but rather procrastination
Written by Jeanette Tshakane
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