Patience is the companion of wisdom.
—Augustine of Hippo, 354-430 AD
The human experience is truly timeless, even more so as I came across this quote and marveled at the author’s year of birth—354 AD. Hmmmm, I have a hard time counting backwards from 100 😊, imagine the year 354 AD? Profound truths are eternal and this qualifies when we consider the health crisis we face today.
The joining of patience and wisdom, companions in dealing with challenging circumstances, is a vital partnership. How did they meet and dare I say, even become friends? Maybe it went something like this…
Wisdom: “Hello, may I ask your name?”
Patience: “My name is Patience, it is best pronounced very slowly. And yours?”
Wisdom: “I am Wisdom, but you can call me Wise. What is your purpose during strife and difficulties?”
Patience: “I am able to tolerate challenges calmly and without complaint. I am steadfastly determined to bear adversity, find ways to trust and have faith in overcoming hardships. What makes you Wise?”
Wisdom: “I accumulate knowledge, scientifically and philosophically. I seek balance, reflection, perspective, reason and conscientious solutions.”
They stood for a long, thoughtful moment, and then gave slow, knowing nods to one another.
Wisdom: “Patience, you offer deep breaths, soothing assurance and acceptance of what is. You are what I need.”
Patience: “Wisdom, you allow for exploration of answers and options for possibilities. You are what I need.”
Wisdom: “After careful consideration, I would be honored to have you as my companion, will you join me?”
Patience: “I would be happy to, I have all the time in the world.”