THE COURAGE TO WAIT
"When you are like a keg of dynamite about to go off,
patience means just slowing down at that point----
instead of immediately acting on your usual, habitual response.
You refrain from acting,
you stop talking to your self,
and then you connect with the soft spot.
But at the same time you are completely
and totally honest with yourself
about what you are feeling.
You're not suppressing anything;
patience has nothing to do with suppression.
In fact, it has everything to do
with a gentle, honest relationship with yourself."
The above quote comes from 'Heart Advice'--Weekly Quotes from Pema Chodron. This particular quote is from her book: Practicing Peace In Times Of War.