Patience is a virtue, virtue is a grace, put them both together and have a very pretty face.
Remember this childhood rhyme?It did not make a lot of sense to me as a young child but it stayed with me and I repeated it to my daughters. The words flow off the tongue with a sing song charm making it easy to remember and recite from generation to generation.
Patience embodies composure, equanimity, and humility. Emerson said, Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience.
Mountains take approximately 13 million years to form - little by little - the plates stretch and crack to form a fortress of majestic beauty. A purple coneflower takes approximately 12 weeks from seed to bloom, its comparably fragile beauty impressive in form and color. The audible persistence of nature is a classical analogy of patience.
Emerson's declaration and the childish limerick are reminders that patience is a force; inclusive in its definition is the ability to suppress restlessness and diligently pursue a path of health.