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Try Patience? Do I Really Have Time?

Updated on April 7, 2013

The Virtue of Patience

While contemplating exactly what patience meant with my young nephew, he summed it up rather well. “It’s waiting for stuff even when you don’t want to.” A simple, but accurate description, indeed!

Do you believe patience is a virtue? According to Wikipedia: “Personal virtues are characteristics valued as promoting individual and collective well being.” Do you think a sense of well being can be accomplished by practicing patience? Maybe the teacher below can tell us!

Patience Joke

Did you hear about the teacher who was helping one of her kindergarten students put on his boots? He asked for help and she could see why. With her pulling and him pushing, the boots still didn't want to go on.

When the second boot was on, she had worked up a sweat. She almost whimpered when the little boy said, "Teacher, they're on the wrong feet."

She looked and sure enough, they were. It wasn't any easier pulling the boots off than it was putting them on. She managed to keep her cool as together they worked to get the boots back on -- this time on the right feet.

He then announced, "These aren't my boots."

She bit her tongue rather than get right in his face and scream, "Why didn't you say so?" like she wanted to.

Once again she struggled to help him pull the ill-fitting boots off.

He then said, "They're my brother's boots. My Mom made me wear them."

She didn't know if she should laugh or cry. She mustered up the grace and courage she had left to wrestle the boots on his feet again.

She said, "Now, where are your mittens?"
He said, "I stuffed them in the toes of my boots”. Oh my!

Honestly, I wanted to think of myself as patient, but in reality…..was I? To figure out exactly where I stood on the 1-10 patience scale, a test had to be performed. How many times in one day would my patience be tested-I was about to find out! Traffic-ugh-lost my patience… and also with a co-worker, in line at the bank and being placed on hold for customer service. Geez, by the end of the day, I never got over a 2 on the patience scale and I was not in a good mood!

My mood and test scores needed to be analyzed! Could I be part of the problem (who me)? Most people get irritated at having to wait for things-right? I began to understand why patience is a virtue-it’s hard!!

My self- appointed assignment for the next few days was to practice patience. I can’t begin to tell you the number of times an attitude adjustment was required on my part in those next few days, but I did it.

What a huge difference this decision made! When traffic was heavy, I listened to a book on CD and it didn’t really bother me to move at 20 miles per hour. When a co-worker annoyed me, I took the time to see her point of view and the annoyance went away. When on hold with customer service, I used my speaker phone and did other tasks. Each time patience was required, I accepted the situation and remained calm and positive. It worked!! I was not irritable at the end of the day and honestly, just knowing I had done the right thing did give me a sense of well being. Do I practice it every day? Let’s just say I try, and I’ve gotten better, but am still a work in progress!

In a stressed out world, there may be no better food for the soul than to practice patience and accept the things we can’t control or take the time to see another person’s situation. One act of kindness can really make a difference in another person’s life. Let me challenge you. Consider giving patience a try. I’m not sure how it will change the other person’s life, but I do believe it will change yours.

Like to cook? Try a Patience Cake!


1 1/2 c. powdered sugar

2 (8 oz.) cartons sour cream
1 (12 oz.) pkg. frozen coconut
1 box Duncan Hines yellow cake mix
1 carton Cool Whip
1 can flaked coconut

1st Day: Mix together powdered sugar, sour cream and frozen coconut. Cover and refrigerate for 24 hours.

2nd Day: Bake cake as directed on box. Cool cake well and split each layer to have a total of four layers. Spread powdered sugar, sour cream and frozen coconut mixture between layers, cover and refrigerate for 24 more hours. 3rd Day: Ice cake with Cool whip. Sprinkle with flaked coconut, cover and refrigerate for 2 days. Cake can be cut on 5th day.

Joke: Patience is a Virtue

A gentleman was lonely and decided life would be more fun with a pet friend.

He went to the pet store and told the owner that he wanted to buy an unusual
pet. After some discussion, he finally bought a centipede that came in a little
white box. He took the box and pet back home and the centipede settled in.

That night the fellow decided to take his new pet to the bar to have a drink. He
bent over the box and asked the little furry creature, "Would you like to go to
Frank's with me and have a beer?"

There was no answer from his new pet. This worried him a bit, but he waited a
few minutes and asked him again, "How about going to the bar and having a drink
with me?"

Again, there was no answer from his new friend and pet. So he waited a few
more minutes while assessing the situation. He decided to ask him one more time,
while putting his face up against the centipede's house, and shouting, "Hey,
in there! Would you like to go to Frank's place and have a drink with me?!!"

A little voice came out of the box, "I heard you the first time! I'm putting my
darn shoes on!"



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    • picklesandrufus profile image

      picklesandrufus 4 years ago from Virginia Beach, Va

      Glad they helped, Dream On! Thanks very much for stopping by:)

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      DREAM ON 4 years ago

      I always love humor to take away any frustrations of the day.Your two cute stories worked like a charm.Off to a great start.

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      picklesandrufus 5 years ago from Virginia Beach, Va

      thanks Eddy! Always appreciate having you stop by!

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      Eiddwen 5 years ago from Wales

      I am so glad I came across this one pickles;I loved the centipede joke too. What a gem and another one for me to bookmark.

      Take care my friend and have a wonderful day.


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      picklesandrufus 6 years ago from Virginia Beach, Va

      funny Donna! Thanks for the comments TL and Laurie!

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      Donnalynn 6 years ago

      was I that co-worker that annoyed you

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      Laurie 6 years ago

      I've always admired my mothers patience and hope one day I will inherit a bit of it. I thing it goes along with being content which is another one I struggle with... Thanks for your tips I will use some this week!

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      TL 6 years ago

      Cute! Cake looks DELICIOUS! You're right - degree of patience can depend on mood - and hormone level for the day! Great article as always!