September 7th -
When we pray for patience we are likely to get more situations in which patience is required. Developing patience is an everyday practice. To be patient with circumstance is to accept seeming delays. Patience with people is a study in tolerance. It allows us to be accepting and to be accepted. Stoicism is what is called for, knowing that what is just is, and then doing the right thing anyway. Impatience is suffering, it is pain that is totally unnecessary and actually it just exasperates us and moves us not one inch closer to any goal we may have. Complaints also seldom help. So, forbearance allows us to pause a moment and just observe what happens next. Best of all, we get to look like a Buddha.