The virtue of patience

Ahhhh, patience. It’s a concept that has tantalized
me throughout the majority of my life, offering its beneficial properties to me within arms reach and then snatching it away at the last second.

Alright, that’s a bit dramatic. In case you don’t feel like sifting through Shakespearean-esque lingo, that’s a fancy way of saying patience is something I seriously lack though wish I had.

I’ve been hearing that I’m an impatient person for most of my life. When I was younger, I didn’t really know what it meant to be impatient. Now that I’m a little older and slightly more mature, though, evidence of my patience, or lack thereof, has become quite pronounced, and I recognize now how much I could improve in the patience equation.

I suppose tolerance and patience sort of tie in with each other, because chances are if you’re a patient person, you’re a tolerant one, too. And both of these things are fantastic traits to possess, as I believe patience is a virtue that’s become a bit hard to come by in contemporary society.

As for how to go about building your patience up, I don’t have a guaranteed solution, unfortunately. But, there are strategies that can be practiced to improve our overall tolerance, and some of them have helped me. There are a variety of apps available specifically designed to help people increase their patience and further their tolerance, and a little bit of research can unveil wonders in this regard.

Other practices that one can try in an attempt to boost patience include, from experience, playing word games, mindfulness, diaphragmatic breathing, meditation, and intentionally challenging ourselves when ample opportunities arise.

If you’re a patient person, I encourage you to recognize just how valuable your skill set in this regard is. I envy you, and I would imagine a lot of us do, too.


2 thoughts on “The virtue of patience

  1. I, too, feel like I need to work on my patience, and have been giving meditation a shot for the past year now. I haven’t grown any more patient, but at least I’m more aware of my lack thereof, lol. Thanks for sharing this!

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