It has taken me over a year to piece together thoughts for this article. To recap, I am reflecting on Galatians 5:22-23, the fruits of the Spirit, and how they affect me as a freelancer. The truth is that I still have nothing profound to say about patience.
The dictionary on my laptop says that patience is:
the capacity to accept or tolerate delay, trouble, or suffering without getting angry or upset : you can find bargains if you have the patience to sift through the dross.
Delay, trouble, or suffering. We don’t want to go there do we? Patience, then, is a preemptive strike against things that we don’t want.
What are some of the things we do want? I want more clients now. I want Internet Explorer to work now. I want my files to be uploaded to the server now. Funny how we don’t get simply because we want. Patience becomes a filler between our wanting and our getting.
A natural reaction is to ask why patience is necessary in the first place—what if nobody had to wait for anything they ever wanted? Wouldn’t that be bliss! I don’t have a good answer to that except to say that this is the way things are.
If there is a trick to being patient, I think it is to use the waiting to do something (else) because waiting for waiting’s sake is frustrating and boring. Thankfully, patience is like a muscle. It can be exercised and one can get better at it.
What do you think about patience?