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Is Patience "actually" a Virtue?

We All have always been told that "patience is a virtue" ... But what does that really mean? First off, what Exactly is a "virtue?" Virtue, by many standard dictionary definition is, "moral excellence" or  "behavior showing high moral standards." Moral, (by definition) dealing with the principles of right and wrong, would suggest that Virtue is the behavior of showing good or "right" principle. 

Now we must dive into the world of PATIENCE. Patience is defined as the quality of being patient, as the bearing of provocation, annoyance, misfortune, or pain, without complaint, loss of temper, or irritation. I can only speak for myself, however, I am sure that universally this is a HARD THING TO DO! It takes a lot of self control to not at least get irritated by someone or something that is provoking you. However the fact remains, that it IS possible... I guessssss. 

Not only does it take self control to approach life with Patience, it first takes willingness to recognize that patience is necessary At All Times, and then the effort part of course. "But whyyyyyy?! Its so much easier to whine, complain, and project frustrations!" Well, after a whole lot of internal discovery and practice, Ive come to find that things Do work out better in the present, interim, and long run when you utilize patience. Now, in order for patience to be a virtue, it would have to directly connect with your moral value... and as we know, morals are the chore of what we are, believe, an stand for. Yes, that means we have to take the time to dive inward to implement a few things or tighten a few screws, but it will be time well spent! Its about time for a new check in anyway.

So, I guess that means that Patience IS a Virtue?...

As long as you practice it. 

(self talk)

xo Hope


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