On Patience

Kingwell By Kingwell, 9th Mar 2014 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/iwv9_ajn/
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I once read somewhere that ‘patience is the greatest of all virtues and the least understood‘. The Biblical Job was a man whom even his best friends did not understand but whose name today, is synonymous with patience.

Good enough for anyone

I grew up in the 1940’s and 1950’s, an era quite different from today and with few of the conveniences that we now take for granted. Living as we did, far from any city and with the sea as our only highway to the outside world, life was often difficult, yet it was a good time and place to learn patience. Men would be up before daylight and on the water shortly after, perhaps checking their lobster pots, or jigging for the elusive squid. Often they returned home with nothing to show for their effort, but with the determination to try again tomorrow. Most years their patience paid off and they managed to provide the essentials of life for those dependent on their persistence and resourcefulness. For the first ten years of my life, mail service was every two weeks. When in 1950, this was upgraded to every week my father felt that it was, in his words, “good enough for anyone.”

Patience Personified

Most people learn patience with time, and as my father was sixty when I was born, I remember him as patience personified. I wasn’t always impressed at the time of course. After all when you are twelve years old and want to do something, “sleep on it”, isn’t always what you want to hear! As I grew older though I learned to appreciate his wisdom and admire his patience. When he was seventy and I ten, he developed cataracts on both eyes and since the lens used today had not been developed yet, making corrective surgery a virtual impossibility, he was to spend the remainder of his days in darkness. Loving the written word so dearly, it must have been very difficult for him to accept his blindness, yet he did it with the same stoicism that he had afforded other circumstances beyond his control. Today I try to imitate his philosophy for life, yet whenever I check my e-mails or the ringing of my cell phone interrupts my musings, I wonder how many now feel that weekly mail should be “good enough for anyone”.

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Blindness, Cell Phone, E-Mails, Mail Service, Patience, Perseverance, Persistence, Sleep On It, Stoicism, The Biblical Job, Virtue, Wisdom

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I am 75 years old and retired.I like writing short stories, poetry as well other articles of interest.

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
9th Mar 2014 (#)

great page...love it...

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author avatar Kingwell
9th Mar 2014 (#)

Thank You Carolina

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author avatar Retired
9th Mar 2014 (#)

Very nice, thoughtful piece, Kingwell.

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author avatar Kingwell
9th Mar 2014 (#)

Thank you Lynett

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author avatar M G Singh
9th Mar 2014 (#)

Nice post. Liked it

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author avatar Kingwell
9th Mar 2014 (#)

Thank You Madan.

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author avatar Songbird B
10th Mar 2014 (#)

What a great share this is Kingwell..\0/x

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author avatar Kingwell
10th Mar 2014 (#)

Thank you Songbird

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author avatar Fern Mc Costigan
10th Mar 2014 (#)

NIce post!

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author avatar Kingwell
10th Mar 2014 (#)

Thank you Fern

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author avatar Delicia Powers
10th Mar 2014 (#)

LOL...love this...in a 'hurry up and get results" world the "art of life" itself is almost a forgotten...thanks Kingwell top notch!

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author avatar Kingwell
10th Mar 2014 (#)

Thank you Delicia and yes, the "art of life" is almost forgotten.

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author avatar Phyl Campbell
10th Mar 2014 (#)

Love these strolls down memory lane. Wouldn't trade today for the past, but reminiscing about good things is nice.
And yes, given how little of my mail is vital (most bills are online, etc), mail could slow to once a week and not impede MY progress!

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author avatar Kingwell
10th Mar 2014 (#)

Thank you Phyl, I agree and would trade today for the past either - but it is said that "the young look forward and the old look back". Guess it is true for many including me.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
12th Mar 2014 (#)

Poignant and relevant, Kingwell. I do miss the bonding among family members and friends when we had others to fall back upon. Grandmothers were the epitome of patience in Asian households and produced meals out of nothing and in a jiffy! siva

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author avatar Kingwell
12th Mar 2014 (#)

Hi Siva, Yes, I miss those days too.

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