I wish you patience.  I hope that you are able to wait for things and people around you, and not try to hurry life or hurry people to do things according to your wishes and not theirs.  Many things in life take time to develop if they're going to be as valuable as they can be, and it's up to us to wait for them.

A lack of patience can lead to disaster, as the man who "helped" the butterfly out of its cocoon found out--the long, slow process of escape was necessary for the insect's survival, and the man's help killed it (see below).  How many times have we all lost out on great opportunities because we jumped too soon, thinking that we would lose out if we waited for something to happen?  I wish you the patience that comes of peace of mind, the ability to recognize when it's better to wait than to leap, better to bide your time than to hurry.
I wish you patience with other people and their mistakes and problems, and I wish you the realization that we all learn different lessons at different paces, and we cannot expect everyone to advance at the same speeds as each other.  Be patient with the people who show immaturity, ignorance, intolerance, even prejudice, for these behaviors merely show where the people are at this moment, not where they will be when they grow and learn.  May you be able to separate the people from their attitudes or actions, showing patience for the children of God, but working to educate so that their ignorance or prejudice may be overcome.

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I remembered one morning when I discovered a cocoon in the bark of a tree, just as the butterfly was making a hole in its case and preparing to come out. I waited a while, but it was too long appearing and I was impatient. I bent over it and breathed on it to warm it. I warmed it as quickly as I could and the miracle began to happen before my eyes, faster than life. The case opened, the butterfly started slowly crawling out and I shall never forget my horror when I saw how its wings were folded back and crumpled; the wretched butterfly tried with its whole trembling body to unfold them. Bending over it, I tried to help it with my breath. In vain. It needed to be hatched out patiently and the unfolding of the wings should be a gradual process in the sun. Now it was too late. My breath had forced the butterfly to appear, all crumpled, before its time. It struggled desperately and, a few seconds later, died in the palm of my hand.

That little body is, I do believe, the greatest weight I have on my conscience. For I realize today that it is a mortal sin to violate the great laws of nature. We should not hurry, we should not be impatient, but we should confidently obey the eternal rhythm.

Nikos Kazantzakis
from Zorba the Greek


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On the whole, it is patience which makes the final difference
between those who succeed or fail in all things. All the greatest
people have it in an infinite degree, and among the less, the
patient weak ones always conquer the impatient strong.

John Ruskin