Virtues Episode 1: Patience

Patience, noun.
1. the quality of being patient, as the bearing of provocation, annoyance, misfortune, or pain, without complaint, loss of temper, irritation, or the like.
2. an ability or willingness to suppress restlessness or annoyance when confronted with delay
3. quiet, steady perseverance; even-tempered care; diligence
– Dictionary.com, 9/8/2017

You are 235 days away from a major event in your life. You stare at this number, and feel anger building within you, knocking against a space in your chest just below where your heart thuds at the thought of the event. You are not a patient person, and it feels like you are always waiting for SOMETHING; the bus, a friend, a date.

Patience

You’re a kid, waiting for your turn at the drinking fountain, your chance to go down the slide, your lunch to be served. Before you know better, you try to cut in line.

Patience

At the store, behind an octogenarian who exists on paying in exact change. You have in your hands a book that you’ve been wanting to read, or a video game that had just been released, or a box of mac and cheese you’ve been craving for days.

Patience

At the family gathering of a boyfriend, or a girlfriend. Your phone in your pocket reminding you of people you’d rather speak to. An alarm reminds you of a TV show you wanted to catch, that you were promised you would catch. Car keys in a coat singing a siren song.

Patience

The homework on your desk you do not do.

Patience

You roll your eyes at your sibling, who still does not know how to tie their shoes.

Patience

The tearful eyes of a former friend weaving an apology heavy with remorse.

Patience

Every moment of your life you spend not doing exactly what you want to do, exactly when you want to to do it. Every time you bit your tongue. Every time you were told to wait.

Patience

Every time you were told to be the bigger person.

Patience

Your hands tighten into fists. It was only a misunderstanding. They hadn’t meant to bump into you. Their eyes turn fearful as they meet yours.

No patience

Wrath.

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6 thoughts on “Virtues Episode 1: Patience

      1. I wouldn’t rule it out. It is more possible that I am planning to write individually about each vice and virtue as a means to an introduction to a larger work where this information will be relevant. Just sayin.

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