“Trees that are slow to grow bear the best fruit.” ― Molière

If you were to plant a tree in your yard and then every day stand for a while and try to watch it grow, you wouldn’t necessarily “see” its growth. However, if you stepped away from that tree for a number of weeks and then came back, you would see that the branches had lengthened, its trunk had become a little wider and you could assume that its roots ran deeper taking a firmer grip in its new home. A tree’s growth is steady and persistent purposefully.

In today’s world of 24/7 “everything”, patience seems to be a rare quality. Most of us have trouble waiting in a line to purchase tickets, for traffic lights to change or struggle with the time and effort it takes to do simple everyday tasks. We have come to expect instant gratification and thus collectively as a society we have become more impatient than ever. We want what we want, and we want it now!

And yet, we are all familiar with the saying, “Patience is a virtue”. Do we really understand the meaning behind it? There are numerable subjective ways to interpret the phrase but many define patience in terms of being able to tolerate something that takes a long time to come to bear, supported by the quote this piece began with.

Patience is about inner reflection, a peaceful mindfulness and sense of calm. Patience helps you build empathy towards others. Patience helps us accept other people as they are. Patience is an important tool in overcoming frustration. Patience allows us to suspend judgment long enough to make informed decisions.Patience is an exercise of self-control that shows you have the ability to look outside of yourself when life’s inevitable challenges arise.