Patience is coupling the acknowledgement that the current situation is not permanent with the willingness to wait until the desired circumstances come about. Patience is one of the most valuable, necessary, and daily-employed virtues of life, allowing us to endure tedious and difficult situations. Having patience can yield multiple rewards, such as peace and tranquility, changing a situation from hopeless to hopeful, and allowing people, plants, and animals to grow and flourish. Patience doesn’t always change outcomes, but it can change how we feel, from being frustrated or feeling helpless to being in control or at peace with letting go.
In the days of extremism and severely divisive belief systems, learning patience and compassion practices (from the modern master of patience and compassion) is more valuable than ever. All of the world’s major religions emphasize the importance of love, compassion, and tolerance.