Patience Is A Virtue To Cultivate Shirt

Lately, I have thought about the concept of patience in our fast paced society. I know sometimes technology has spoiled me into expecting instant gratification, but I try to remember the art of cultivating patience. This is especially true when I am working on an art project that will not come to fruition overnight, and which I might put down, and take back up again later. The point is, I do make a goal of finishing all my art projects, but I am reminding myself to cultivate patience as a virtue because Rome was not built in a day. So sure the prompt satisfaction we get from someone texting us back or immediately responding to our email might be alluring at the moment, but in the long run, it can leave us craving something more substantial in the sea of technological communications. I realized all along I already had strong and real life friendships in my day-to-day life, and it is important not to forget about this when we are so apt to just fall back on Facebook messaging or texting someone.

I love social media and technology, but I do make a point to step away from it. When I am out and about I am not constantly texting, and I am actually looking up and observing people around me. I attempt to look people in the eye when I have conversations with them, and I do not think there are any texts that are so pressing we have to an immediately reply when we are in the presence of others. I think there is something to be said about giving the people we are with at the present moment in time the time of day, and having the virtue to cultivate patience in many circumstances.

A few months ago I was letting certain subject such as get to me, but I have decided to step back. I want to enjoy nature and the company of friends who care about me. I do not want to get in a dither about every circumstance and situation, many of which I no control over. I believe what we do have command of is how we treat others and ourselves in daily and small interactions, which can build up over the course of a lifetime. I also believe that the truth will always come out, and although it might not exactly be karma, but those who take others for granted in the present might realize they lost out in the long run. Everything does come full circle, but mostly, you just have to give things time. So it is time to start cultivating patience again, which is why I wrote this cursive reminder out to myself, which is now available on a shirt over on Zazzle.

2 Replies to “Patience Is A Virtue To Cultivate Shirt”

  1. I agree. There is no substitute for patience, and life often turns into a waiting game, because we can’t have just exactly what we want when we want it.

    I also agree that when we are in the presence of other people, and they are our friends, we should not turn away from them in order to answer a text from somebody else, unless it is very urgent and also from a friend, who needs an answer right away.

    I think the place where it gets confusing is in trying to figure out who our “real friends” truly are. Are our real friends the people we happen to meet on a daily basis? Back when I was younger, and there was no internet, all my friends were people I had met in person, either at school, at work, through family or other friends or just someplace where I had been. In other words, geographic proximity had a lot to do with who even got a chance to be my friend. Also, during periods of isolation, when I stayed home a lot and met no new people, I did not have the opportunity to make new friends. So getting out was required for social activity and being within touching range of a person was what made it a relationship and not just a fantasy.

    Things are so different now! I have real goals, and people that I have never met are helping me to achieve those goals, and I consider them my friends, even though we may never meet. And in many ways they are better than my friends of convenience who occupied the same space with me, but could never bring themselves to read my books, to sing my songs or to compose music for my musical.

    I think we know our real friends by what they do and how we interact, and the real friends are not necessarily just the people we meet. And also, I have met one or two people who started out as just virtual friends. So there is an overlap between the two worlds. In fact, we all share the same world!

  2. I enjoy having online friends, but I just feel that a couple of really close friends I have in real life are definitely people I will always care about. They read my blog, but one does not really want to be on social media. So this actually induces me to do more old fashion communication like calling, which is something people do not do much of these days. But you do make good points. I think if a friend is real they will take interest in things we are doing, and how busy are people that they never have time to read the book a friend wrote, or take part in their projects.