Oct 13, 2011 in , , ,

Living in this fast-paced age of instant noodles, instant messaging, and Caesarean births, it’s no wonder that it’s getting increasingly hard to be patient. And yet, patience is still an important value that we need to cultivate in ourselves.

It isn’t a quality that we’re born with. Instead, patience is attained through life experiences that teach us that we can’t always get what we want immediately – that the world just doesn’t work that way – and that sometimes, we just have to wait. Though the dictionary’s definition of patience is “the capacity to accept or tolerate delay, trouble, or suffering without getting or upset,” there is more to it than just that. What patience is about, is being willing to wait for something good to come along, and trust that it will, no matter how long it takes.

If we want to reach our goals, we need to be strong, and remember that the world’s greatest people wouldn’t have achieved what they have if they hadn’t had patience. They kept going when the going was tough, all the while believing that they would reach the top if they continued to push towards it.

It won’t always be easy to do so, but sometimes, waiting is the only thing that you can do, especially when the outcome doesn’t lie in your hands. Anticipating exam results is an example, and so is waiting for opportunities. This isn’t to say that you shouldn’t do anything and wait for things to drop out of the sky, but rather that you have to do your best, and when things are out of your control, remind yourself that you have done so, and accept that you have done everything you were able to at that time.

Most rewards don’t come instantaneously, but they’re worth the wait. Time, in fact, makes victory sweeter in the end when it does come, and whenever you’re in doubt, bear in mind that good things do come to those who wait.

Source: New Oxford American Dictionary.