If a patient is one who suffers, and to be patient is to remain calm and unannoyed…does this suffering make someone a patient when they have no patience?
A Patient from Impatience
Where do you perch on the patience scale? Have you considered this precious trait’s effect on your health? Medical reports confirm a correlation between impatience and high blood pressure which instigate stroke, kidney disease and congestive heart failure.
Patience is bitter, but its fruit is sweet. – Jean-Jacques Rousseau
My usually acceptable BP has fluctuated under 14 months of volcanic aggression in America. As acts of domination increase, I sometimes grow weary around questions without transparent answers. How can convulsions jolt an intransigent humanity into worldwide love? When is the transformation coming? Will decency, tolerance and respect return?
The Patience of Patience
Knowing the pendulum swings from sun rise to sun set, and the equinox depicts the parity of darkness and light, I do believe all things will right themselves to the natural rhythm of the Universe…at some point.
Thich Nhat Hanh’s famous “No mud, no lotus” quote tells me to be patient and that suffering can be transformational.
It’s like growing lotus flowers. You cannot grow lotus flowers on marble. You have to grow them on the mud. Without mud, you cannot have lotus flowers. Without suffering, you have no way to learn how to be understanding and compassionate.”
– Thich Nhat Hanh
The Miraculun of Acceptance on Patience
As a gardener, I have no problem patiently waiting for bulbs or veggies to grow in the garden. I accept it as the natural order of things.
So why not apply this same acceptance to neutralize impatience in these discomforting times of muddied confusion? A sweeter, more understanding and compassionate culture is worth the wait. And if I’m becoming too impatient? I can always plant a Miracle Berry to eliminate the bitterness of the wait.
Image credits in order of appearance:
Feature image by Hamale Lyman on Wikimedia
#2: Quang Nguyen Vinh on Pexels
#3: Comfreak from Pixabay