November Character Strong: Patience

Cassidy Wong

November Character Strong: Patience

Cassidy Wong  10/29/2020

Fulton J. Sheen once said, “Patience is power. Patience is not an absence of action; rather it is ‘timing’ it waits on the right time to act, for the right principles and in the right way.” This month’s Character Strong trait is patience. Patience is the ability and will to do something for a long period of time while not complaining, whether it be with another person or individually.

Patience is a leading trait in multiple religions and regarded highly in most cultures. It can be anything from waiting for another person to stop talking in a conversation before talking, to not getting mad when someone doesn’t answer a text right away. It could be waiting for someone to finish with a dish of food before asking for it at a meal, or staying calm when someone is having a conversation but you have a question. Patience can improve relationships and lessen the daily stresses, especially now, when we’re stuck at home.

On the flip side of the coin, impatience can be detrimental to success and relationships. Showing impatience usually causes complaints and negative attitudes, which can result in stress in you and the people around you. When you are impatient with yourself, it brings you down. Having a negative view of yourself is not good for your mental health. When you are impatient, you can count to ten backwards or in a different language in your head, or focus on your breaths to calm yourself down and keep from getting stressed. Try to be patient this month and you might get better or faster results to whatever you are frustrated about.

 

Thank you Rylan Dulin for your contributions.