“Patience is a virtue, possess it if you can. It’s seldom found in women, but never found in man.”
When I think of the virtue of patience, it always reminds me of the above saying. It’s a phrase that was quoted wryly by my mother when she was chagrined about the lack of patient males around her. I grew up with two brothers, so we heard it a lot.
As technology has advanced, we have become less and less patient and increasingly expectant of instant gratification. When Wi-Fi on planes was new, I remember watching a comedian lament how absurd it was that the passenger next to him got irritated when the Wi-Fi went out on their flight. He quipped, “Like how quickly the world owes him something he only knew existed ten seconds ago!” It’s true, right? Maybe you are old enough to remember the days before cell phones, or even answering machines, when getting someone on the phone, or hearing back from them, could take 24 hours. Now, we are quickly indignant and irritated if we have to wait more than a few minutes for someone to respond to a text message!