I'm afraid that I don't believe that it's as simple as that. I shared the following advert that captures the worst part of impatience and worth sharing on all levels, especially with some behaviour that I've seen outside my window and even reflected in American politics right now!
I believe that impatience is rarely about saving time, I suspect that it's more about competition. We can become aggressive when we see a car trying to push into our lane; we might feel slightly smug when our checkout lane moves faster than the one that we were about to join etc.
Going back to my impatience in a car - there are days when it feels as though every traffic light is against me, turning red as I approach. However, Sunday night was one of those rare occasions when I cursed every green light - I was driving my son to the train station and suddenly I was praying for the lights to turn red in order to enjoy another couple of minutes in the car with him. We were talking about what would happen if he wasn't allowed back from University and time became precious - I found myself waving cars through and being the most patient driver on the road in order to eek out more time!
Patience is the calm acceptance that things can happen in a different order than the one you have in your mind.
Patience is not the ability to wait, but the ability to keep a good attitude while waiting.
So, this inspired me to launch a whole school House Competition that will culminate on MAD (Make a Difference) Day tying in with the end of Lockdown but more importantly to celebrate the life of Mrs Brown who died so suddenly this time last year. Due to Covid, we have not been able to support her chosen charity with the events that we had planned and I am mindful of the promise that I made to a certain family 6 months ago who so kindly doubled our fund to nearly £10,000.