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Patience is a Virtue

Out of all the people I have met in my life I consider myself to be among the most patient of them all. Patience basically means that you are willing to accept or tolerate any delays or suffering with no complaining or becoming anxious.

Often I find myself in situations where everyone around me is being really noisy, distracting me, or just being plainly disrespectful to me or others around me. Generally I can restrain myself from any anger unless I have had a really bad day and this is why I think I am a patient person.

The Phrase Patience is a Virtue is thrown around like it means nothing, however in Christianity it is very important. There are seven virtues in the religion and Patience is one of them. The others are Chastity, Temperance, Charity, Diligence, Kindness and Humility. Each of these virtues are the opposite of the seven sins. Patience is the other side of wrath.

I do find it interesting that many people who are not of Christian heritage use this phrase to their will like it means nothing any more, arguably the same has happened with Christmas. If you ask a child what this phrase means or the meaning of Christmas they are very unlikely to know.

Being agnostic I probably shouldn’t say “Patience is a Virtue” because there are no rules or commandments for me to abide by, therefore it is not necessarily a virtue to me. In other words, there is nothing and no one to say that wrath is a sin for me so why would patience be a virtue?

For me it is a personal virtue that goes hand in hand with Karma. If I can keep my patience around people then more good Karma will come my way opposed to me getting angry all the time and possibly hurting people, both physically and emotionally which would create bad karma.

All the best things happen to those who wait. People who get impatient easily are more likely to drop a career or project due to not succeeding straight away. The truth is, nothing happens overnight you need to put work in to it. Me getting to 100 wordpress followers won’t happen unless I make a concious effort to bring people here, nothing will fall in to your lap the first day you start something.

Waiting for things rather than expecting them immediately is what it is like with almost every job you are likely to apply for, particularly in the creative industries. If you don’t go out of your way to find experience and give yourself time to work your way up the hierarchical ladder then you might as well give up. You’re not going to become a world famous director as soon as you begin your journey, it takes years of practice and experience.

The same goes for writing, there is no way that I am going to get my novel published if I am unwilling to practice writing or unwilling to edit my novel to get it to the standard needed for publishing.

The moral of the story is, if you expect everything to be handed to you on a plate exactly when you want it your whole life, you’ve got a lot of waiting to do.

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