Seasonal Values – For Every Season: Patience, 18th December

18. Patience

“Rivers know this: there is no hurry. We shall get there some day.”

Winnie the Pooh

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“Patience is a virtue. Possess it if you can.”

Proverb

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Patience is ‘waiting under duress’, according to the definition in the dictionary. But should ‘patience’ be so frustrating? If you try to live in one moment in time, then patience doesn’t have to be quite so demanding.

Living life with many of these virtues is sometimes hard. We may not manage it every day, in every moment, but if we are at least mindful of values such as patience, and do our best to be virtuous, then we will find our inner peace.

Sometimes being patient might lead us in another direction to the one we thought we wanted.

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“How poor are they that have not patience! What wound did ever heal but by degrees?”

William Shakespeare

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“Patience is bitter, but its fruit is sweet.”

Aristotle

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A Zen Koan

The Master summoned the Student one Autumn day as the winds began to chill the fields near the school.

The Master said, ‘I offer you the gift of patience. You may receive this gift at this moment or you may receive it later.’

The Student replied, ‘I would like this gift now, Master.’

The Master lowered his eyes and said, quietly, ‘You are dismissed.’

A week later, the Student encountered the Master and said, ‘Master, I am confused.’

The Master said, ‘You may choose again,’ and the Student said, ‘I will receive this gift, then, later.’

The Master, once more, lowered his eyes and said, ‘You are dismissed.’

In the Spring, as the rains drenched the fields and filled the streams near the school, the Master summoned the Student.

The Master gazed upon the Student and the Student said, ‘Master, I would decline this gift.’

The Master smiled at the student, looking directly into his eyes, and said, ‘You are dismissed.’

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“Good things come to those who wait”

Proverb

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Learn to listen to that which is not spoken.

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One thought on “Seasonal Values – For Every Season: Patience, 18th December

  1. lvsrao says:

    Profound article.

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