Why is Patience a Virtue?

You’ve no doubt heard someone say ‘Patience is a virtue.’ But why is it a virtue? If you ask, a common response might be: “It helps us to get along with one another.” Well, yes; however, there’s another reason.

Sometimes we must make sudden decisions and take quick action. How can we get better, in that situation, at making a good decision and taking proper action especially when emotions are strong?

By being patient when an immediate reaction is not required.

In particular: “I think I should do …; however, it’s not essential to do that right now so I’ll be patient.” Several days later, perhaps, you reevaluate and conclude, “well, in fact, it will be better to …”. That patient consideration will help you in the future when you do have to respond immediately.

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