Posted by: Admin | May 12, 2011

The value of patience

Patience is a virtue, or so “they” say. It’s certainly something most of us have had to cultivate by 50, for He that can have patience can have what he will. (Benjamin Franklin)

Not everyone sees patience as benign: John Dryden warned us to Beware the fury of a patient man. Dryden’s “patient man” is probably one who, like a Sicilian mafioso, sees revenge as a dish best served cold.

Edmund Burke advised: Our patience will achieve more than our force, a sentiment clearly shared by Leo Tolstoi who opines: The strongest of all warriors are these two: Time and Patience.

Patience isn’t fashionable in our brave new world of instant gratification and self indulgence. It isn’t lauded like ambition, or applauded like drive. Yet it achieves just as much as those two upstarts. American poet, John Ciardi, described patience as “the art of caring slowly”

So, slowly, slowly, catchchee monkey – patience is a tactic as much as a virtue, and one well worth employing!



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