Why Is Waiting So Hard?
Patience is a virtue. Yes, and most of the time I understand that, but other times I am ready to crawl out of my skin. We often have our own agenda for the day. We have deadlines that need to be met and problems that need to be solved.
The world expects results and we are expected to achieve them. “Time is money.” The phrase was coined by Benjamin Franklin in his Advice to a Young Tradesman (1748): Remember that time is money. He that idly loses five shillings’ worth of time loses five shillings, and might as prudently throw five shillings into the sea. It is not always about money but we feel the pull. The strong pull that we should be doing something productive. Then, the dog pees on the carpet, the package you need didn’t come in time, your presentation won’t load, traffic, you’re waiting for an answer. The word “patience” is derived from the Latin word pati, which means to suffer, to endure, to bear. Understanding the depth of the word tells us much about the nature, meaning and necessity of the virtue of patience. Patience can be felt on many levels. It is true that we can use our self-control or give in to the situation and learn to laugh about it. But how do we work on truly finding a balance in our lives and not get frustrated when we can’t control the pace of the day? I struggle with this and found this passage on Father Joe’s twitter page: “Patience asks us to live the moment to the fullest, to be completely present to the moment, to taste the here and now, to be where we are. When we are impatient we try to get away from where we are. We behave as if the real thing will happen tomorrow, later and somewhere else. Let’s be patient and trust that the treasure we look for is hidden in the ground on which we stand.” Henri Nouwen- Internationally renowned priest and author.
God help me to trust You in all parts of the day. Even the parts that drive me a little crazy.
Anne Atkin, principal