Laurence Fishburne and Kenneth Branagh as Othe...

Laurence Fishburne as Othello and Kenneth Brannagh as Iago.

Being patient is an active state.  It isn’t resignation or admission of defeat.  It isn’t giving up on the things you hope to change.

It is a condition of sure and certain knowledge that the only inevitability in life is change. Sometimes, however, the change takes a while to manifest and that is where patience comes in.

The trick to patience is to focus on the coming change and not the wait – at least that’s my trick because I have to admit that patience is most definitely not one of my virtues.

But even I know that, sometimes there is no choice but to wait – in the immortal words of Shakespeare – How poor are they that have not patience! What wound did ever heal but by degrees?

Othello (II, iii, 376-379)