13 May 2016
There is a reason patience is a virtue. Virtue is moral excellence or the conformity of one’s life and conduct to moral and ethical principles. What is more moral than patience? More moral than the ability to endure, bear, overbear, and forbear? The best synonym for the word patience is ‘long-suffering’; it tells you all you need to know about it.
The truth is, practicing patience is hard, especially at the beginning. But there is a reason for that. You know how they say the eye of the storm is the calmest? Yet somehow, the surrounding part is utter chaos and mayhem. But when you reach the eye, the peace is overwhelming and is the ultimate reward for all that suffering.
Never be afraid to learn patience because there is always a fulfilling reward waiting. In being patient, try not to focus on the moment and the present pain. If you focus on these, the suffering might become hard. Someone steps on your toes and all you want to do is explode. What people who eventually explode do not know is that the best form of attack is not always to defend. Take a minute, breath, and think about your next action or word, if it is one you would not want said or done to you then don’t say or do it.
Don’t be quick to dish out word for word, action for action, deed for deed. Instead of treating someone how they treat you, treat them how you want them to treat you. This will not be easy, that’s why it is called ‘long-suffering’. But at the end it will be worth it.
Hope for all things, believe in the good of all things and even when all evidence points the opposite way, choose to have faith in all that is good and pure and stay in the assurance that this trial, or temptation or suffering though long and maybe even somehow unbearable, has an end and that end is one that will make all the time spent in patience very much worth it.
Author: Aderonke Adeleke
Writer. Music lover. Movie junkie. Social Media Enthusiast. Aspiring dancer. Aspiring photographer. Social Introvert.