Being patient does not mean we let others take unfair advantage of us. Being patient means we solved the problem; we are implementing the solution of which others may never be aware.
Our skills (our tools) determine who we are, what we will achieve, whether or not we will change the world for the better. Everyone has many skills and talents. Some skills/tools are more valuable and should be nurtured above all others. Patience is one of those precious skills. Practice sharpens all skills.
It is easy to be impatient, it requires no skills; it is easy to be stupid, it requires no knowledge.
We easily get frustrated; as soon as we get behind the wheel, we are feeling it! People drive too slow or too fast. They don’t follow the rules or they follow the rules too closely… We are frustrated with our friends and family…
We have a problem – a feeling of agitation and intolerance because our desires are not instantaneously gratified.
Do not worry, it is not productive. If you engage with others while you are in aggressive, intolerant state, you will only make others defensive and aggressive, no resolution will be gained.
Bible preaches detachment (“Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things” (Colossians 3:2)) because it sets us free, and so does the patience. Patience is a way to know God, it draws us inward towards wisdom.
Patience means you control your feelings, you take a break, you have a plan, you relax, you wait for the opportunity to make your next move. The more we practice patience the better we will get at it. So next time you go to the grocery store don’t rush to the fastest line, instead pick the longest line. Observe your feelings, let it be a meditative, relaxing experience. Get in the habit of being patient.