When you get frustrated, it is easy to want to cut corners to fast track your way to your destination.

In today’s microwave world, we start tapping our foot in anticipation because it takes 30 painstaking seconds to pop our popcorn.

Greatness takes time to grow.

It seems so obvious to me right now that we need more patience but nobody else thought of it, which kind of proves my point [and tries my patience].

Nobody thinks in terms of patience. Someone who is being patient is seen as someone doing nothing

We live in a day and age where young entrepreneurs are earning millions overnight.

Tim Ferris’ book The 4 Hour Workweek is a best seller because it tells people how to earn more and work less.

Stars are born on SA Idol in a matter of weeks.

And, The Bachelor and The Biggest Loser are the biggest winners because weight can be lost and love found in just a few months.

Has patience become a bad word?

Is patience mistaken for ambivalence?

I checked the dictionary just to be sure and yup, they are still two different words.

However, I am also happy to report that I have been enlightened.

The definition of patience is: ‘the capacity to endure hardship, difficulty, or inconvenience without complaint.’ Really? Without complaint??? Hmmm.

Well, I’m not complaining or anything but I just don’t know too many people like that. And, that is why patience is an ‘important idea’ — which I think makes me a ‘big thinker’.

We talk about solving complex problems like health care and the economy as though they are simple items on a daily to do list.

We teach our children patience but we demonstrate little ourselves.

Nike encourages us to: ‘Just Do It.’

But the popular tagline which has come to reflect our culture really means don’t think about it.

This is fine perhaps for your daily exercise routine but don’t some things deserve, dare I say, a little more thought and consideration?

Think about it. If you have the patience.

Be impatient to plant the seeds of excellence, but be patient to watch them grow.

We compete in a more, better, faster world, but patience still pays off.

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