“Patience is a Virtue.” contributed by Joshua Miller
“Patience is a Virtue.”
Have you ever heard the phrase, “Patience is a Virtue.” It stems from the thought that in order to be successful and relaxed at the same time we must use patience with others in order to succeed. It refers to one’s ability to remain steadfast in waiting for something without getting angry or upset. On paper it seems like a simple and easily obtainable quality, however our society has seemed to lose it’s way with this principle.
My grandma was the one to teach me, “Patience is a Virtue” before she passed away back in 2008 due to cancer. She is the one that instilled this ideology into my brain, and I think she did so in order for me to share it with others when the time arises. I believe that time has arose. Some may say, and I would even agree, that I am a little late to the party with this message, but it is better late than never in this case.
Our modern society is fascinated with this notion that everything needs to happen in the here and the now. In fact we have begun to coin phrases like “freaky fast service” or “high speed data” however I ask you to consider is all of this necessary?? Despite what some may grow up to believe the internet wasn’t always a thing, smart phones didn’t exist, and live updates on news weren’t drawing everyone’s attention to a screen.
Just 20 or 30 years ago news was not given to us instantaneously, and quite honestly I think it was a simpler and more effective time. It encouraged face to face communication, relaxation, and the notion of family time, but most importantly it taught everyone patience. It taught everyone to trust the people that they had chose to be in charge to make the right decision and it allowed for those people in those selected areas to be patient and on a clear conscious mind make the right decision.
Patience is what allowed that time era to build stronger and more meaningful relationships, it allowed journalists and news sources more time to ensure accuracy of the story they were covering, and it allowed manufacturing businesses to build longer lasting more quality products. I always like to use this analogy when writing about patience, “Do you want it right now, or do you want it right?” It seemed that people in that era didn’t demand as much as we do know, they didn’t worry about every little thing that happened in the world, and they weren’t living their life behind a screen.
Now, I am not advocating for getting rid of the internet, social media, or any bit of the instantaneous nature we live in today because they do provide great benefit to our society. However, what I am advocating is that if we all allow ourselves to a take a deep breath before speaking, a few more minutes to check our sources, or to inspect the final product, then we just might be able to have the best of both eras. I encourage all to hold steadfast and stay persistent in the pursuit of patience because if we do I truly believe we will see the virtue that resides within this principle.