Hello everyone and welcome to the third addition of Life Lessons! Patience. What does that word mean to you? How many times do your parents/spouse tell you to be patient? Just think about it. My dad just loves to tell me that “patience is a virtue.” I honestly never knew where he got that quote until I decided to do this theme and looked it up. The quote was said by William Langland in a poem he wrote called “Piers Plowman.” The original Latin is phrase is “maxima enim, patientia virtus,” which roughly translates into “patients is the greatest virtue.”
When I think of patience, I think of the word waiting, but that’s not necessarily the definition. The definition of patient in the Webster dictionary is “bearing pains or trials calmly or without complaint.” This definition is mostly accurate in my eyes, but I think that being patient means more than that. It’s not necessarily bearing pains or trials, but just being able to do nothing while waiting to do something.
A perfect example of patience is fishing. A fisher can wait for long periods of time to catch a fish. They know that in the future they have a pretty good chance of catching a fish if they are still and quiet. In society today, we have multiple ways to make time pass quickly like phones, tv, music, and more. But, what if we had none of those things available to us and we just have to wait without doing anything? Would you be able to, or would you have to fidget or doodle? I know that I would have to do something because I can’t sit still for long, which leads me into my story.
To demonstrate what it is to be patient, I’ll tell you another story about my life. It’s the story of how I learned to be patient the hard way. My family and I moved to North Carolina in 2007 and when we found a house, they decided to make my sister and I share a room. As I grew older, I started to want my own room more and more. The problem was that there were no more rooms available on the upstairs level, so if I wanted my own room, then I had to move downstairs. My parents agreed that they would let me move once I turned 15. I couldn’t wait, so I just kept asking.
Finally, my parents decided that they had enough of my asking, so they helped me move all of my stuff downstairs. Once I was situated in my new room, it was time to spend my first night in there. To put it shortly, as a child, I had a very vivid imagination and when it finally came time to spend the first night alone in the dark and mysterious downstairs, I was terrified. I ended up sleeping on the upstairs couch that night. The next night, I made my sister sleep with me to help calm the nerves and it worked, for that night. The next night I forced myself to sleep alone and to this day, I still have to.
My point is, if I would have waited a little longer, if I would have been patient, then maybe I could actually sleep downstairs without being scared. Two valuable lessons can be learned from my story, one is listen to your parents and two is be patient.
As always, I’ll finish with some inspirational quotes:
“Patience is not simply the ability to wait – it’s how we behave while we’re waiting.” Joyce Meye
Feel free to leave some comments and likes if this even made you think about working on patience. Leave some constructive criticism and ideas for my next post! See ya next time and don’t forget to work on being persistent, honest, and patient. Thanks for reading and I hope everyone has a great Easter and Spring.