c. 1200, "quality of being willing to bear adversities, calm endurance of misfortune, suffering, etc.," from Old French pacience "patience; sufferance, permission" (12c.) and directly from Latin patientia "patience, endurance, submission," also "indulgence, leniency; humility; submissiveness; submission to lust;" literally "quality of suffering." It is an abstract noun formed from the adjective patientem (nominative patiens) "bearing, supporting; suffering, enduring, permitting; tolerant," but also "firm, unyielding, hard," used of persons as well as of navigable rivers, present participle of pati "to endure, undergo, experience," which is of uncertain origin.
Patience, n. A minor form of despair, disguised as a virtue. [Ambrose Bierce, "Devil's Dictionary," 1911]
Meaning "constancy in effort" is attested from 1510s. Meaning "card game for one person" is from 1816.
I keep checking every five minutes. No news.
From some stupid list serve.
These days, as I wait for some highly anticipated (good) news, I am finding REALLY hard to be patient. More so than normal.
I just want to know already.
And yet, there is nothing to do but let time take its course.
But maybe there is something to do? Run it off. Melt in this heat. Vent my misery to consoling friends. Trying all that.
I love Bierce's notion that patience is 'a minor form of despair, disguised as a virtue.'
Must get it out of my mind and just pretend some amazing news is NOT out there, suspended and dangling like an old tire swaying from a tree above an overgrown yard.
But first, I have to go hit refresh.