I read a tweet today that said patience is an overrated virtue. I think specifically in my life it’s been a little overemphasized in the last couple of years. Peace Corps has taught me a lot about patience but also so much about the power of urgency. I’ve talked about this a bit before, but I’m trained to respond to urgency. It’s ingrained in me, a part of my native culture, and I think it’s a powerful and useful quality.
I have been very consumed by the concept of patience, and I think it will always play a vital role in my life. There are things I do want to be patient with. I don’t want to rush and consequently settle for anything. I don’t want to force anything in life because I lack patience. But I do want to be unrelenting when pursuing my goals. I don’t want to be so patient that I think just waiting will bring me some reward. When patience becomes complacency.
There is obviously a balance, as with all things, between patience and urgency. Patience took a front seat for awhile, and it brought along presence and gratitude. I’m interested to see, as urgency continues to build the closer I get to the end of service, how I will balance the two. I tend to react very situationally. I can be a completely different person depending on my environment, fortunately and not. So the more my situation changes, as this transition approaches, I hope I remain present but always eager. To be continued.