A Most Underrated Virtue

In the first season of the Netflix series “The Crown,” the UK experienced a terrible smog which descended to its very streets at that time (I don’t remember the date) and that which caused many deaths and accidents due to zero visibility. The young Queen Elizabeth was torn between executing an immediate course of action to overcome the dark phenomenon and exercising restraint. Young and immensely powerful as she was, she favored choosing the former. However, her mother advised her to choose the latter.

Let me tell you that I still do not approve of her mother’s advice even now. Perhaps I am someone who, when confronted by a difficulty, think of an immediate solution. Others may call it initiative, or a sound practice of critical thinking, but if I were to be honest, the underlying reason for my behavior is that I don’t like to put up with discomfort and difficulties much longer than I think I should… and sometimes for good reason.

Nobody likes to be unemployed for a month and wait for calls which may never come. No one takes pleasure in being stuck in a heavy traffic for hours. That is why patience is somehow the hardest virtue to be mustered nowadays. In a world won by people and organizations who accomplish the most tasks in the shortest time possible, patience is the most underrated quality, perhaps even the most ridiculed.

But I have to admit blandly that it’s the virtue that I need the most right now. In all my years of existence, I have done many things, but I have very little to show for all my efforts. That could be attributed to the fact that noble my intentions might have been, but I didn’t take enough time to give second thoughts to my decisions. I mean, I might have done good things in my life, but looking at things in retrospect, I have good reason to believe that they weren’t the right things to do at the given circumstance.

I have never been shy to incorporate my faith into my thoughts, and right now, there are three ideas which prod me to exercising patience. It could be of help to you to, and I’d like it if you could chip in, which would definitely help me to become a more patient person. For now, these are what help me to be patient, so as to prevent myself from doing something I would regret more later on:

1) As a Christian, the only opinion which should matter to me is my God’s. People will impose to you their expectations and standards (which they won’t probably be able to satisfy themselves), and the most foolish thing you could do is to submit to their flawed judgment.

2) With my limited thinking, honed by my biases and the environment where I grew, the solution I could think of is, more often than not, the wrong one. If it wasn’t, then I shoud never have come across with my current problem at all.

3) I can’t coerce a tree to yield its fruit if it’s not its season yet. Actually, I can. But I need not read complex scientific journals to find out the repercussions of such impatience.

If you can, and if you are willing, I would like for you to share some thoughts on this. Writing is a terrible profession — you are forced to speak your words as loud as your actions, and in some cases, louder even than your actions, or you won’t be able to write anything at all.

I also recommend the song Seasons by Hillsong. Right now, it’s one of those that minister to me in an overwhelming way.

I would have liked to close this with a good ending, but I am leaving it for you to finish. If you can, and are willing, please close this with a conclusion worth the world’s time.


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