Hope :: Patience is a Virtue

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One that I absolutely despise.

We all want things to happen in a timely manner, right? Right.

However, I’m going to make a statement that might offend some people.

We live in a society that expects everything RIGHT NOW. We expect everything to go our way in our time, rather than in a timely manner.

Everything takes time, and most things take work.

Just like you had to wait for this blog post (😉), we all have to wait for things in life. Sometimes it’s as simple as getting a test score back. Sometimes it’s a job promotion or closing on a house.

It’s not wrong to want things “right now”, but it is… somewhat childish to throw a temper tantrum when things don’t happen the moment we expect them.

In my job working security, I can honestly say I’ve seen all sorts of people deal with patience – some more successfully than others.

It doesn’t matter your role or status in life; if you act like a toddler throwing a tantrum when you don’t get your way, the only person hurt by your behavior is you.

Sure, the person who is getting spewed with an impatient person’s vitriol is momentarily attacked, but they will have other people who are far kinder and will be able to leave the experience at work (for the most part). The person doing the spewing, however, is building a foundation for their life that is not particularly flattering.

I can’t tell you a formula for gaining patience. I prayed for it once and have since asked God to forget I asked for patience… 🤪 Patience is learned one day at a time… one choice at a time. When you allow yourself to relax in the wait, the journey becomes far more pleasant. I learned that from experience.

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