Happy Labor Day!
I used to be far more patient than I am now. When I taught preschool, I could spend hours answering repetitive little-people questions and was even way more forgiving of mistakes I would make (even when I would make the same ones multiple times). And I could wait years for gratification. I am sure my decreased tolerance levels have something to do with our culture’s rapid descent into a “gotta have it now” world, enabled by all this technology (which I am now using).
I am still pretty patient in comparison to many others I know, but I could use a gentle reminder, especially when I am going through times (like now) that feel like I am endlessly waiting for people and things to come around.
Here are a few quotes about the beauty of patience for all things.
“Patience is bitter, but its fruit is sweet.” — Aristotle
“Rivers know this: there is no hurry. We shall get there someday.” — A.A. Milne (from Winnie the Pooh)
“No! The adventures first, explanations take such a dreadful time.” — Lewis Carroll (from Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking-Glass)
“The strongest of all warriors are these two — Time and Patience.” — Leo Tolstoy (from War and Peace)