They say that patience is a virtue. So, I looked that up because honestly what dipshit said that? I wanted to know why is it a virtue. What’s wrong with being anxious as you wait to hear back from a job interview, or whether you passed your certification exam, or whether your loved one is okay after surgery or some natural disaster. In those cases, I don’t really believe that patience is a virtue.
The saying, Patience is a virtue, was first recorded in Piers Plowman, a narrative poem believed to have been written by William Langland between 1360 and 1387. It is similar to the Latin expression, maxima enim, patientia virtus (patience is the greatest virtue).
Apparently, Chaucer had a similar notion in his Canterbury Tales and wrote that “Patience is a high virtue… but virtue can hurt you.” Christians were then quick to adopt this saying because they believed that the poem was a theological allegory of what it means to be a true Christian.
I used to believe I was a very patient person, but as I get older, I find that I am adopting my father’s not so patient personality. He used to be very patient, especially with children. I guess that’s to be expected since he was a child psychologist. Maybe everyone loses their patience as they get older or maybe I’m just a heathen who pushes against the Christian virtue of patience.
I’m still patient with my furbabies. Perhaps too patient as they rule the roost. I can’t even count how many times I tell them to get down off the counters and never raise my voice. Sometimes to the chagrin of my wife I pretend I don’t see them and ignore their bad behavior.
Here’s what I am finding hard to be patient about:
- Doing something about 45 after too many egregious things to name
- Erroneous claims of fake news from the biggest spin doctor of all who loves to perpetuate false news
- How it is possible that a large group continues to believe that Obama is a Muslim and not born in this country despite factual evidence to dispute this…not to mention the other outrageous claims
- Helping family/friends understand just how dangerous 45 is to me and my wife and our basic human rights and how a vote for him was so destructive to us. I do not doubt for a second that the entire LBGTQ community is in his scope.
- How in times of disaster human beings can work shoulder to shoulder and forget religion, sexual orientation, the color of their skin, but once the disaster is over humanity takes a decidedly evil turn down the road of hate.
- Finding a new place to land that I can make a difference (new job)
- Feedback on every new book I put out
Because I am a person who has been on this planet for many years, I feel like I’ve earned the right to this vice. I’m not interested in being virtuous anymore. I am owning my impatience. I am also owning my obsession to continually check Amazon and see how my books land on readers.
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