Patience Is A Forgotten Quality

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Patience seems to be a forgotten quality. Most of us have trouble waiting in a line to purchase tickets, for the traffic lights to change, or for the driver to pick us up from school. We are familiar with the saying, “Patience is a virtue”, but do we really understand the meaning behind it? The dictionary defines patience as the capacity to accept or tolerate delay, trouble or suffering without getting angry or upset. This is one way to put it, but it also has a deeper meaning. The word patience means the willingness to stay in the present and live the situation out to the full in the belief that something special will manifest itself to us at the right time. Patience is the ability to remain calm and wait for something even if it takes a…show more content…
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