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Patience Always Wins ~ Be a Tortoise, Not a Hare!

John is a poet and short fiction writer who enjoys collaborating on stories with other writers, and partaking in challenges.

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“Patience” ~ a Word Prompt

A new week has started and along with it comes another inspiring word prompt from friend and fellow poet Brenda Arledge. In her “Word Prompts Help Creativity~ Week 44” Brenda provides us with the prompt “patience.”

Patience is something I think most of us aspire to have, but unfortunately normal life situations take their toll and we often fail. The world is becoming faster moving by the day...it seems those who pause for even a moment are bound to fall behind and fail. But is this really true?

Patience can help us achieve our goals, maintain a more positive outlook on life, and make us less reactive, which in turn will make us less prone to bad decisions. Stress, regret, and anger never help. So when you're facing an uncertain future, a negative event, or something scary, take a minute to yourself …just sit a spell. And if you find your brain veering in a negative direction, try to think positive thoughts to get yourself back in the right frame of mind to make better decisions.

Patience and fortitude conquer all things.

— Ralph Waldo Emerson

The famous race: The tortoise and the hare

The famous race: The tortoise and the hare

Patience Always Wins ~ Be a Tortoise Not a Hare!

Patience should be valued,

“a virtue,“ so it goes.

It’s something that is easily lost

and irritation quickly grows.


Today is such a fast paced world,

attention spans are short.

People rush from here to there,

but calmness should be sought.


Once were hand-written letters,

phones and email took their place,

then instant messages and text,

Now video face to face.


We could never learn to be brave and patient, if there were only joy in the world.

— Helen Keller

Time is money, there’s much to do,

we don’t have hours to waste.

That should have been done yesterday!

It’s a world of cut and paste.


Just slow down, stop your stressing,

you‘re getting nowhere fast.

Just because you’re patient

doesn’t mean you’ll finish last.


You have more time to contemplate

if you move ahead with care.

Slow and steady wins the race,

be a tortoise, not a hare!


A man who is a master of patience is master of everything else.

— George Savile

Be patient with your fellow man,

and in everything you do.

Then hidden obstacles you’ll avoid,

and be more contented too.


If your date is running late

just say, “Please take your time.

if you’re not ready by closing

you’re not committing any crime.”


Don’t complain when stuck in traffic

or when your restaurant meal is slow.

Just take some deep breaths - meditate,

life has’t stopped, you know.


Patience should be taught in school,

made compulsory for all.

It would help most to succeed in life -

the impatient ones will fall.

Image by Lothar Dieterich from Pixabay

Image by Lothar Dieterich from Pixabay

What Makes Me Impatient

I am probably not alone here, but if any one thing is really testing my patience in the here and now it would undoubtedly be the COVID-19 virus. Never in my wildest dreams (or nightmares) could I imagine something like this occurring in my lifetime. Something out of a science fiction story, that would affect the entire world, and for such an extended period of time.

From the very first realisation just how serious a threat this virus posed, scientists world-wide have rushed to develop vaccines to counter its spread. But, even now, with these being widely available and administered we seem no closer to defeating the virus and ending the pandemic.

There are still record numbers of new infections every day and governments and medical authorities have begun telling us that we may have to learn to live with it. It seems they have almost given up the idea if defeating or eradicating it. The truth is they just don’t know what direction the virus will take next and what new variant will raise its head next.

I can handle lockdowns, travel restrictions, social distancing and mask wearing, but I am not good at dealing with the unknown, especially from such an invisible assassin that threatens my loved ones and myself. I am becoming very impatient for a “real” solution to be found.

Patience is not passive, on the contrary, it is concentrated strength.

— Bruce Lee

Image by Denny Franzkowiak from Pixabay

Image by Denny Franzkowiak from Pixabay

Other Poems About Patience

I decided to include links to two other poems I have written previously as I feel they also illustrate very well the art of patience - or lack thereof. I hope you enjoy them too.

  • Road Rage, a Semi-Satirical Poem
    Road rage is something that most of us have experienced and the more vehicles that take to the road the more road rage incidents will occur. It is a topic I have never written about before so I thought it was about time in this poem.
  • Micro-Poem ~ The Art of Patience.
    A short poem about how to remain patient and stress-free. This is particularly good advice for couples, to promote a healthy marriage or relationship.

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