A global pandemic of impatience

Patience is a virtue
Virtue is moral excellence. A virtue is a trait or quality that is deemed to be morally good and thus is valued as a foundation of principle and good moral being. Personal virtues are characteristics valued as promoting collective and individual greatness.

Patience is the ability to endure difficult circumstances such as perseverance in the face of delay; tolerating provocation without responding in annoyance/anger; or exhibiting forbearance when under strain, especially when faced with longer-term difficulties. Patience is the level of endurance one can have before negativity. It is also used to refer to the character trait of being steadfast. In the Christian religion, patience is one of the most valuable virtues of life.

The contrary of patience is wrath or anger.


Impatience is not always caused by a lack of virtue. It can be caused by toxins too, physical problems or hormonal imbalance.

Substances and drugs which promotes impatience:

  • Caffeine
  • Tobacco
  • Amphetamines
  • Cocaine
  • Alcohol
  • Sugar
  • Fast food

Lifestyles which promotes impatience:

  • Smartphones
  • Television / Internet / Computer / Playstation
  • Music with a high bpm
  • Sitting lifestyle
  • City life

And impatience is today a lot more evident than only 10 years ago. For example people do not read books anymore, which is sad, because books are still the main source of knowledge. Reading is relaxing and it reduce stress. Instead people today are used to short videos on YouTube of only few seconds duration. The statistics proves that they are not able to watch a documentary video of 5 minutes without jumping around with the slider to the end. My nephews watched a movie from the 80s and they asked me if the movie finished, just because the opening credits last more than 10 seconds. Some modern movies don’t even have a opening sequence, because people just want to watch the movie.

When I enter Facebook I get bombarded by private messages. I try to answer all of them, but while I type the answer some people are so extremely impatient, that they write stuff you cannot imagine. They come to conclusions like “are you angry with me?“, “are you still there?“, “hello, knock knock knock?!“. This is so annoying that I decided to not answer anymore to private messages.

Online shops like Amazon flourish because they know their customers too well. Your order arrives only 24 hours later. Other online stores cannot compete with Amazon and have a hard time to survive and try to calm down their impatient customers who demand their order to be there at their house just the next day.

A pandemic is an epidemic of infectious disease that has spread across a large region; for instance multiple continents, or even worldwide.

Impatient people are everywhere. And it becomes worse. They react with anger and frustration. Indeed these are critical times in which we live.

What can help you to become more patient?
Avoid too much of everything! Too much sugar, too much coffein, too much internet and smartphone. Find a balance. And do not just avoid, but become aware of what certain things do to you.

  • Go for a walk at least once daily for 30 minutes
  • Twice daily meditate (or pray if you are a religious person) for 5 minutes
  • Be thankful!
  • Read more books
  • Drink green tea (combine it with reading a book)
  • Do something for others without to expect something in return
  • Bach Flowers like Impatiens can help a lot
  • Sleep (at least 8 hours) … in fact sleep deprivation is a huge factor for impatience

… and don’t forget to breath!





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