How could being patient equate to being morally excellent? If we think about what happens when we’re NOT patient, it may start to make a lot of sense.
When we’re impatient, we can act on emotion, out of fear, stress or worry. This can cause us to put pressure on the situation, ourselves and others, and ultimately cause us to make poor decisions. When you encounter someone who’s impatient do you admire that quality in them?
Have you ever been in a hotel or a building and noticed someone repeatedly pressing the buttons for the elevator, as if this will make the elevator move more quickly? It’s not a gas pedal, it’s just a directional guide so that the elevator knows the next floor to stop at. Rather than wait patiently, they expend energy and fuel their state of chaos. So keeping in mind that moral means “of or relating to principles of right and wrong in behavior” then this behavior is not morally sound, nor is it excellent.
“The key to everything is patience. You get the chicken by hatching the egg, not by smashing it.”
~Arnold H Glasgow
The Waiting is the Hardest Part
Does patience have anything to do with achieving your goals and getting what you want in life? It has everything to do with it.
Have you ever gone to school? The goal is to complete a course. This happens over a period of time as long as you complete the assignments and pass the tests. That teaches you patience, the reason why this works is because you are forced to be patient. You cannot complete a semester in one day or one week. Over time you can end up graduating early but only after you put in the required amount of work.
Being patient doesn’t mean sitting around. You must act on a sound plan, not simply wait and hope.
Carry on Wayward Son
A lack of patience is why many of us give up on our goals. The person who decides to lose weight by joining a gym but then stops going after only a week or two is impatient. They either want faster results or they want to find an easier way.
In today’s society, we want everything right now, but we have to be patient. And one way to ensure that you’re patient is to have a plan. If you have a plan and are steadily working towards it, you’ll have the opportunity to be more patient because you are always making progress or adjustments. How can anyone expect to be patient if they have no idea how, when or if, they will ever reach their goal? Progress creates patience.
“Patience serves as a protection against wrongs as clothes do against cold. For if you put on more clothes as the cold increases, it will have no power to hurt you. So in like manner you must grow in patience when you meet with great wrongs, and they will then be powerless to vex your mind.”
―Leonardo da Vinci
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