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Mastering the Art of Patience

Stoic Wisdom: Embracing Patience in Life's Storms

If something were accessible in an instant, it would hold far less value than having to put effort in to obtain it.

This stoic principle, though extremely simple, is often forgotten in modern society. It is no wonder the world has a growing lack of patience; almost everything we do can be done 100 times faster than it could 50 years ago. We have abandoned our sense of patience, simply because almost nothing requires waiting. From online shopping to sending texts to ordering food, the world has evolved faster than we are able to keep up with it.

This is exactly why we must master the art of patience once again.

Today, in the moments where patience is required, we often label these events as "harmful," "unfair," or even "a traumatic experience."

Sound familiar?

Learning to be patient, and mastering the ability to thoroughly analyze a complex situation without becoming upset, allows a person to become powerful. It is no debate that patience fosters a more peaceful and grateful life. As we become more patient, we can learn to appreciate what we have, and avoid longing for the things we don't.

Not only does patience benefit us, but it positively influences those around us as well. Marcus Aurelius himself tells us to “Be tolerant with others and strict with yourself.” The more tolerant and patient we are with others around us, the more we are able to resolve conflicts, come to agreements, and keep peace in our communities. 

So, we challenge you. Ask yourself, "How can I be more patient today?" The sooner you start becoming a more patient, more virtuous individual, the sooner you will begin to see your life transform.

We do not see the world as it is, we see it as we are. If you are patient, the world becomes peaceful, and you become a better, more gracious person. 

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