IF ONE OF THE RAW MATERIALS OF OUR CRAFT IS TIME, then patience is the necessary ability to gracefully and intentionally pass through time or control our reaction to its passage. It is the ability not only to wait, but to wait while remaining perceptive and open to possibilities, knowing that nothing ever stays the same and that if you wait long enough, something will happen. So much of what we do is by virtue of luck, to be sure, but we get luckier the longer we remain patient, with open eyes.

Patience is not merely giving yourself more time.

Patience is sitting and waiting for the light to change, not even because the light right now is insufficient, but because it might yet get better, more interesting. There’s a certain curiosity ...

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