"Patience is gain"

While working in Nigeria in the early sixties, I learned something about patience. A Lagosian market woman explained to me that at one time a kindhearted elderly man settled in the hamlet that is now the teeming suburb of Lagos known as Surulere. This man was considered to be full of trust in God, and no matter what he was talking about, the words "be patient and you'll win" or "have patience and you'll triumph" would crop up. People from far and near who frequented his home for advice would speak affectionately of going to "Suru-lere," by which they meant "Patience is gain."

Indeed, patience is gain, isn't it? Patience resolves misunderstandings and disputes because it enables the spirit of cooperation and understanding to prevail. Patience lets us live in harmony and tranquillity and experience the blessings of peace, which are joy, lovingkindness, forbearance, and compassion.

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April 28, 1997

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