a form of wisdom


“The quality of patience involves tolerance. Yes, but there are many ways of tolerating. You may be exasperated by certain actions or words, and even if you remain motionless and silent you may be boiling inside with feelings of anger and rebellion. This happens, especially when you have to be subjected to the authority of someone senior to you: even if they take advantage of the situation, you don’t move, you say nothing, knowing that if you retorted you would only make matters worse. But then, you chew over your grievances for hours, you fret and it hurts. Well, that is not what patience is.
Patience, true patience, is accompanied by a sense of strength and peace, so it implies considerable previous inner work. You have to have acquired a great deal of wisdom before you can eventually be patient.” – Omraam Mikhael Aïvanhof