Patience is the support of weakness; impatience the ruin of strength.
Image by Scootzsx via FlickrI have been thinking about how in Eastern philosophies, there is a tolerance for explicitly integrating the contradictory, like how lightness and darkness are explicitly integrated in the Yin-Yang symbol.
Two seemingly contradictory character traits are patience and impatience.
Impatience can be a virtue when it propels you to make a positive change, because you cannot tolerate settling for less anymore. Patience over a bad situation, when your freedom allows you to change, is a curse. (Don't confuse outer constraints of liberty with inner freedom to choose your own response and choose your own meaning. We are speaking of Viktor Frankl's "The Last Freedom".)
Patience can be a virtue when you forgive yourself for taking a step back, because, after a re-charge of energy and re-focusing of attention, you can take two steps forward. Impatience, in that situation, can be a curse because it may make you catastrophize and become helpless because you are hopeless.
Image by Alberto Casanova via FlickrA shift between the ideal and realistic, back and forth, can be a mature way to grow in inner capability over years.
Both fostering the ideal as a goal to work towards, and fostering the realistic to maximize effectiveness in that work, are skills that can be improved.