The band “Alabama” has a song that recognizes exactly what goes on with us in this busy world. The lyrics are “I’m in a hurry to get things done, Oh I rush and rush until life’s no fun. All I really gotta do is live and die but I’m in a hurry and don’t know why.”
This world has been around a long time and will continue to be around long after our brief worldly existence. It seems like the world is moving at such a fast pace that our days are melting before our eyes. My statement may be more true than I know, since I know not the hour or the day that my stay abruptly ends. Therefore after such contemplation it seems like now would be a good time to get a grasp on my impatience, after all patience is a virtue and virtue is, by definition, moral excellence.
Also the older I get the more I realize this world is designed to work against our moral good. In many ways our world weakens our wills but for now I’m concentrating on patience. Patience is hardest for those of us with control issues because most of us think we are in control of our time, money, circumstances, etc. With a world that offers 24/7 convenience we are immediately frustrated when the internet is unresponsive. We become agitated as we wait on the phone for a live customer service representative for assistance and our emotions quickly accelerate to outrage when the voice has an incomprehensible foreign accent.
If we choose to look at this stressful situation or any other avoidable situation as a chance to practice patience we can develop our potential. Without patience we can turn into our worst taskmaster. We allow our emotions to control us rather than taking control of our emotions.
Patience is not passivity or resignation, but rather power. When one is patient they can maintain their joy, peace, love and happiness. Patience is emotionally freeing because we remain calm while waiting, rational while watching and positive when responding. Even when we think we cannot remain patient we should hold our tongue and control our actions. By doing this we can subdue our flesh and reprogram our emotional responses.
A few good ways to combat impatience are: 1) recognize it’s simply a fleeting emotional response to a minor situation which will pass in time, 2) remain optimistic, keep happy thoughts, 3) realize the opposite of virtue is vice, which is a shortcoming, flaw or fault in the kindness terms or a sinful, wicked, or immoral behavior in the strongest sense, and 4) You’re not the boss of everything or everyone.
If we realized that we are all on borrowed time we might behave with virtue, if we truly trusted the Lord we might know that he uses everything for our good, and if we realized our impatience stems from our pride and selfishness we might be shamed into corrective action.
Patience allows us to maintain our inner peace reducing stress and allowing us to invest our time in meaningful relationships without giving up or giving in. Consider living by a short affirmation, like “Life’s too short to be anything but happy,” “Good Things Come to those you wait,” “Stop and smell the roses” or a Benjamin Franklin quote “He that can have patience can have what he will.”
This Saturday, from 9 a.m. – noon, Trinity Lutheran holds its annual holiday bazaar and bake sale. All proceeds benefit the Darke County Relay for Life. Saturday evening the Vet’s Club is featuring Karaoke with Orville beginning at 8 p.m. in the bunker (downstairs). This is open to the public.
This Sunday, the Versailles Council of Churches is serving a “free will” donation breakfast at the K of C hall from 8 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. to benefit their food pantry. Also Sunday, Trinity Lutheran celebrates the 100th anniversary of the dedication of its present church.
Dec. 10 (and every Thursday through March) there is an Open Bid Euchre Tournament at the Vet’s Club (downstairs) starting at 7 p.m.
Happy birthday to Scarlet Otte (1), Julie Francis, MacKenzie Bertke, David Bey, Rosemary Paulus, Scott Holzapfel, Alayna Bartram, Joan Epperly, John Wehneman, Mary Wehneman, Deb Blakeley, Ava Garlinger, Nathan Epperly, Broderick Garlinger, Ron Riegle, Sharon Fourman, Ronnie Derr, Fr. Angelo Caserta (97), Norma Bergman, Dr. Jon Kremer, T.J. Barga, Kim Cooper, Jenny Harris, Julie Homan, Karen Schultz, Jennifer Rinderle, Michelle Dircksen, Kathy Wilker, Tina Jones, Marcia Schlechty, Bernadette Siekman, Mary Beth Erisman, Jennifer Cheeseman, Kim Ware, Steve Smith, Jackie Swabb, Peggy Jasenski, Madonna Cohee, Scott Garrison, Angie Savage, Dawn Luthman, Ron DeLoye, Ron Gehret and Andy Monnin. Anniversary wishes Amy and Bryan Bartram (11), Jeanette and Mark Barga (33), Norma and Ron Bruner (27), and Miriam and Ron Poling (63). Happy retirement wishes to Alvin Drees.
Healing prayers and get well wishes to Gary Poling (gallbladder surgery), Scottie Barga (accident), Dan Ahrens (hip), Bob Longenecker, Josh Paulus, Cyril Frantz, Marvin Gehret, John Davis, John Laub, Beverly Norton, Carl Drees, Dorothy Richard, Dave Magoto, Alan Barga, Maggie Dabbelt, Bob Homan, Janet Pitsenbarger, Kelly Bruns, Steven Youngker, Nicole Smith, Dave Francis, Marge Langenkamp, Iris Nickol, Eileen Rahm, Michelle McClure Dan Trostel, Robert Longenecker, Rita Wuebker, Shirley Davis, Yvonne Ridenour, Cyril Frantz, Wayne Pittsenbarger, Michelle Ullom, Thelma Schultz, James Youngker, Glenn Monnin, Isabella Yakos, Brian Voisard Barb and Jon Agne, Samantha Smith and all those dealing with cancer or any one of life’s many challenges, as well the hospitalized or home-bound in need of our prayers but not mentioned by name.
Sincere sympathy to the family and friends of Donald D’Innocenzo (68), Doug Thornhill (69), Ronald “Pete” Albers (78), Bernard Class (80), William Baltes (88), also remembering the lives of Dr. Richard Paulus, Irene Goettemoeller, Austin Brackman, Drucella Schlamb, Scott Dircksen, Robert Gump, Zac Richard, Ona Rosemary Martin, Betty Mayo, Tim Shearer, Bob Grilliot, Elmer Hemmelgarn, Colleen and Bob Grube, Kathryn Dross, Agnes Francis, Ralph Lavy, Ruth Hesson, Martha Kremer, Doris Burns, Opal Kueterman, Don Berger, Delpha Unger, Florence Gigandet, Dan Kissinger, Richard Francis, Carolyn Brewer, Russell Simmons, Esther Wulber and all those who are in our hearts but not mentioned by name at the anniversary of their passing.
“Have patience. All things are difficult before they become easy.” ~Saadi
“Patience is the companion of wisdom.” ~St. Augustine of Hippo
“Patience with others is love, patience with self is hope, patience with God is faith.” ~Adel Bestavros
Kathy Magoto is a volunteer citizen columnist, who serves The Daily Advocate readers weekly with her weekly Versailles community column. She can be reached at email@example.com or at 526-3798. Feel free to contact her with Versailles news and tidbits. Viewpoints expressed in the article are the work of the author. The Daily Advocate does not endorse these viewpoints or the independent activities of the author.