Good Sunday morning, everyone! I came across the topic of waiting, not patiently waiting, unfortunately. It was very eye opening of how we have become this hurry, instant gratification kind of society.

I often, when coming up to a changing traffic light, watch the cars coming up from the other lane beside me and, in my mind, I bet whether or not that car is going to blow through the yellow light. Eight out of ten times they do. It’s amazing to me. The patience of people is just not long, we hate to wait.

While reading the book by John Ortberg, "If You Want to Walk on Water, You’ve to Get Out of the Boat," I came across the chapter on learning to wait. He mentioned how author Robert Levine came up with a new unit of time in his book called A Geography of Time.

The unit was called honko-second, it’s the time between when the light changes and the person behind you honks his horn. He claimed it is the smallest measure of time known to science.

But when you think about it, we microwave our food so we can eat sooner, we love fast food restaurants, especially being able to drive through. We love express anything, express lines at grocery stores, airports, amusement parks, express shipping and Google has really ruined us.

We are not a patient people.

What happened to “patience is a virtue”? Patience can make us a better person and is actually necessary for a happy life.

Patience is an exercise of self-control that shows you can handle life when times get tough and can withstand judgement when you need to. But in a world where we can access information and order what we want within a few seconds, patience can be hard to come by.

While some things have become quicker to acquire in life, there are still some pretty great things that require time and in order to get those things, patience is required.

I think this quote I found sums it up well. “What we are. What we have been. What we intend to be, are shown more in the Patience we exhibit than thru any other virtue.”

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Sherri M. Askren is president of United Way of Danville Area, Inc., 28 W. North St., Danville, IL 61832. Phone: 442-3512

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