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Monday, August 29, 2011

Cultivating Patience


Patience is a virtue. It is said of others that they have the patience of angels. Or the patience of Job.  Or perhaps the patience of a saint. All of it implies that to be patient means you have to overcome something in yourself in order to be patient - hence, a saint or an angel, or as Job, undergo a litany of woes, and not lose your patience.

Saint Augustine wrote: patience is the companion of wisdom. Tolstoy wrote: the two most powerful warriors are patience and time. Benjamin Franklin wrote he that can have patience, can have what he will.  Emerson wrote: patience and fortitude conquer all things.

Clearly being patient refers not only to people or annoying situations in our daily lives, but also to life itself, those things we wish to accomplish, and how we wish to move on in our life trajectory.

I am  - notoriously - perhaps one of the most impatient persons in my circle. Always have been. And yet, if you had met me 20 or 30 years ago, you would have found I was much worse. Clearly, I've improved. But not all that much. And so, this business of being patient (especially with people and situations in daily life), has become a challenge, an ideal towards which I attempt to move myself on a continual basis. And that means that lately, whenever I am confronted with a situation that causes my impatience to arise, I look at it as an opportunity to put this desire to cultivate more patience into practice. That means, of course, that on some level, I become grateful for having said opportunity crop up in the course of my day. And slowly, I notice, due to looking at it in that fashion, I am becoming somewhat more patient.

I began doing a similar thing some years ago with being critical and judgemental - two qualities I don't care for, and yet can not be said to have eradicated from my character. But here's what I have achieved: I've become extremely conscious of being critical or judgemental each time I am tempted or swayed in that direction, and it is this awareness of it in myself, that means that each and every time it happens, I chip away at it a bit more. As I am doing with my impatience. Cultivating qualities or virtues is a noble cause, and truly all it takes is a bit of conscious awareness and the intention to continue to be consciously aware. What are you being conscious about today?


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