Patience – the Lost Virtue

Scene 1

OMG! How long will this continue?
Will I ever see the end of this? I let out an exhausted cry.
The Scotch tape was testing my patience.

Scene 2

While waiting for the ticks to double and turn blue, I ended up biting my manicured nails that I had been trying hard to grow past few months.

Scene 3

The ticks are blue, yet I have not received a reply. I am angry. I delete the name in my contacts. After a while, I get a reply and realize how mean I was to delete the contact.

Scene 4

Husband says he has an early meeting the next day. He instructs me to wake him up at 6 am. I stay awake like a midnight owl setting alarms at frequent intervals so that I don’t doze off. He wakes up at half past seven despite my cries and pleas to wake him from his slumber sleep and hurries up. He is caught in a traffic jam. While waiting for the cars to clear he calls me and blames me that I am the reason for the traffic congestion.

Scene 1 defines patience in the face of irritation
Scene 2 defines patience in the face of boredom
Scene 3 defines patience in the face of vindication and
Scene 4 defines patience in the face of misfortune and suffering.

If it does not open, it is not your door.

Patience is the key to all problems.

Today patience is a lost virtue. While waiting to go out for an important work, and if the elevator is slow, I push the elevator button more than once to make it arrive faster. I don’t do it purposely to tell the elevator to hurry up. I just want to remind it that I am still there. I assume maybe it did not get my message the first time when I pressed or that it has forgotten about me. I have seen some desperate people talking to the elevator in a stern voice saying, ‘come on, hurry up’ as though the elevator would obey them somehow.

Most of us have the disastrous unhealthy kit microwave at home. Children expect their food in seconds and minutes compared to hours. They end up eating the junk. The advent of the computer has sped up the ability to seek answers to our questions in a fraction of seconds whereas back then when in high school we had to travel to the library for references.

The more time we save, the more we develop the lost virtue. The increase in road rage is a perfect example for Impatience. While driving I have seen some drivers getting impatient with the car in front of them. They honk many times to get their attention answered and in the worst case speed off crossing the lanes abruptly in a rage.

Patience involves both nature and nurture. Remember the patience our parents had for us when they taught us life.

Before going down an emotional rabbit hole, hit pause and think if you can survive the worst.

A poetry piece on Patience – The Lost Virtue

that honk
from the car behind you
that elevator
stopping at every floor
when you are in a hurry to go
that ‘can’t go’
when you are in the toilet
and the pressure fails to release
that gap
or the ‘aha’ moment
when you or your partner
reach the orgasm quick or late
is it the
Patience
or
Thou shall not wait

it was the sunsets
that taught me
beauty lasts only for
a couple of moments
and
it was the sunrise
that showed me
it all takes
a little bit of patience
to experience it
all over again

perception of silence
turmoil of thoughts
a fine blend of reflections
is a perfect recipe
for Patience – The Lost Virtue

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12 thoughts on “Patience – the Lost Virtue

  1. U had such a wonderful take on this virtue called patience and through small doings on our part it reflects how impatient we have grown…
    It’s always a pleasure to read your words👍🏻👍🏻
    Keep sharing

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    1. Thank u so much for these words😃❤💜💙

      Liked by 1 person

  2. Beautiful piece ma’am
    Loved reading it

    Liked by 2 people

      1. Pleasure always for beautiful stuff like dis:-)

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  3. Patience is the key.. but people nowadays………………

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  4. I put my hand up, patience is not one of my virtues!

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  5. anovicescribe Nov 1, 2018 — 10:43

    Description of four scenes👌👌 and also “pushing elevators button repeatedly” 😅😂.
    And totally agree with you. That poem in the end 👌👌👍😊

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    1. Thank u so much.. Glad u liked

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