What does the quote “patience is a virtue” really mean?
Well, let’s break it down.
Patience is an ability or willingness to suppress restlessness or annoyance when confronted with delay.
Virtue means: moral excellence; goodness; righteousness.
So basically, in a nutshell, patience is an amazing trait to have; a righteous one!
For a while now I have known that being impatient, is unfortunately, a terrible trait that I have, but definitely something I’m working on! I’ve noticed that throughout the years, it may have gotten a little worse. But REALIZING the problem is the first step to fixing it right?
Well! Whoever said that raising four boys would be a piece of cake, LIED! Actually, did anyone ever say that? Anyway! I spend most of my mornings yelling like a crazy lady, and then the rest of my day feeling bad for it! “Get dressed, go to the bathroom, it’s not play time!” Are just SOME of the many things you may hear fly out my mouth at my house at 6:30 in the morning. The boys are either NOT doing something I told them to do, doing something I told them NOT to do, or just NOT doing anything at all. It’s tough! But when I become the “unglued mama” in the mornings, it ruins my day, and it ruins theirs. Me fussing and fighting with them probably makes me later in the longrun because then it throws me off! So I’ve been praying that God would pleeeease give me the patience to get through my day without flipping a wig, because it’s not doing me any justice. And then, last night as I was cooking dinner, washing dishes, and getting the kids situated for baths, TJ walked up to me and asked, “is this how you spell Arabella?” (They we’re making valentines cards) Usually, I get a little annoyed when I’m doing five things at once, and then all of a sudden, they start asking ridiculous questions and wanting me to jump over the moon and back as well (because that’s basically what us mamas do). But last night, I just took a deep breath and I just simply answered him. He said, “ok!” And walked away. THAT WAS IT! But at that moment, a sense of calmness fell over me. And I don’t know if it was the glass of wine I had or what, but I felt amazing! It just made me feel so good inside! Like I had accomplished something, a sense of satisfaction.
It takes so much more energy to yell and release negativity out into the world, than it does to simply be patient. Calm, deep breathing works wonders. Patience isn’t the easiest trait to develop; but for the sake of my sanity (and yours), my kids’ feelings, and my vocal chords, it’s definitely worth the effort 😉