Patience is NOT my virtue. Charity and justice? Absolutely! Courage? Giving it my best. But patience tries my patience. Even as a child, I received rebukes from my parents and teachers about my lack of the “p” word.
Seems everything surrounding a cancer diagnonsis requires patience. Meeting with doctors, diagnostic screens and tests, the list goes on. Following in this “running in place” vein, I now learn that my surgery will not occur until May 31. I have been assured this will in no way endanger my health, but I feel as though I’ve had cancer forever and it’s eating its way through my body like PacMan.
It occurs to me now, however, that patience is a real test of courage. It’s far easier to give up than hang in there. Did you know that designs for the printing press date back to 200 AD, but a modern version didn’t appear until 1439? Or that the first published design for a submarine was in 1573, but they weren’t used in naval combat until 1776? Or that light bulb experimentation started in 1802, but the invention of a modern light bulb didn’t happen until 1879? What if all these inventors, and myriad others, hadn’t been courageous enough to be patient?
Lesson learned – being patient is an exercise in courage. And the number of reps and sets of patience we perform will only serve to build our courage muscles!