“Wait! Be patient!”

These are words I often heard when I was a child. I learned to wait until everyone in the family was ready to go on an outing. I learned to wait until I was old enough to watch an interesting programme on TV. I learned to wait until everyone had finished eating their meal before I could go back to the book I was immersed in. As I grew older, my patience took on an added dimension: I had to wait until I could save enough money to go to Paris (my dream trip), and I had to wait until I had the means to buy my own car. After my marriage, I waited for our application to move to Canada to be accepted, my accreditation by the Ontario College of Teachers to be completed, an interview with the TDSB to be offered, a permanent teaching position to be a reality.

I am still expected to wait. But as I grew older, I learned to be more patient while I wait. I learned to reign in my impatience and wait when my young toddlers took 20 minutes to go outside in the winter snow. I learned to swallow my frustration as I waited to get a call for an interview with the school board.  And I have learned to smile and carry on as I wait for my family to be where I would like them to be.

So I wait and learn patience. And while being patient, do not give up on my hopes and dreams.

Five-Minute-Friday-badgeHave you learned to be patient?

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2015

(This post is linked to the Five Minute Friday challenge. The prompt this week is wait.)

23 thoughts on “Patience

    1. Thank you Julie. When I was a very impatient teenager, I would always say that my lesson in this life was to learn patience. I am hoping that I have passed some of the required lessons 🙂


    1. It definitely is Annie. I know that if I had not been patient and had given up, I would not be at the school where I am right now working as a permanent teacher. It took 6 years to reach this point and I would never have reached it if I had given up 5 years ago.


  1. Life seems like one big journey of patience sometimes Colline.
    I still recall an old saying my Mother used to quote.
    Patience is a virtue, possess it if you can
    Seldom found in woman and never found in man.
    Well it went something like that I think.


  2. Patience while waiting is so important. Life cannot be rushed. The seconds keep their pace regardless of how quickly we want them to pass. But having patience while waiting makes like so much better during the waiting period.
    I’m visiting from FMF. Thank you for sharing your story of growing in patience. I think I have grown in patience throughout the years. But as much as I think I have grown, I know I have more growing ahead of me.


  3. I’ve always been patient – by definition and some say by excellence, well it does “pay” back… 😉 with years and life experience, we realize more and more that we can’t control everything which is normal, logical, human… I guess that I’ve even improved myself, like an “old Bordeaux” wine: cheers!… 🙂


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