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Philosophy Tuesday: Patience

Patience is power. Patience is not an absence of action; rather it is “timing. It waits on the right time to act, for the right principles and in the right way.”  ― Fulton J. Sheen

PatienceYou know who knows this better than anyone? Nonprofits – especially what we call “Mom and Pop” nonprofits. Those are the tiny charities, often run by a husband and wife on a shoestring. They don’t have grant writers or chief financial officers or secretarial staffs. They do it all because they are passionate about their cause.

These are the folks from whom I see patience every day. They wait for the simplest things to occur. They wait for miracles for their clients. They wait for money to do their work. They wait, where we’re concerned, for laundry detergent for a dirty child, shampoo for a senior living alone, furniture for their threadbare offices.

I’m not good at patience but I’m learning to be better. I have dozens of good examples.

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