Courage vs Patience

Courage vs Patience

The other day someone asked on Twitter ‘If you could pick one trait for yourself, in an unlimited quantity, what would it be?’.

I spent a lot of time pondering this question. There are many traits I’d like to have.


So many many of them. 

I finally narrowed it down to, not one, but two: Courage and Patience. Both important, both I am in short supply of.

I am a naturally cautious person and if there’s one thing I’d like more of, it would be courage. Not the kind of courage that makes one jump off cliffs or drive in the fast lane – that’s just silly. Though, on second thought, it might be fun too.

But no, that’s not the kind of courage I’m talking about. I want courage in regular everyday life — The courage to take risks, to try new things, to let go of ones self-consciousness, to change things around us. I want to not have to try so hard each time I need to be brave. To be naturally brave would be a blessing not to say extraordinarily liberating.

The other thing is Patience.

I always thought I had lots of it till I had children. And while they do know how to push my buttons that’s not what I’m talking about. 

The patience I’m seeking is in approaching life, in not giving in to the feeling of overwhelm that crowds one often. The patience to wait it out till things get better without losing one’s cool.

Sometimes even when one knows things will get better, or that something doesn’t really matter, stress and anxiety come crowding in, pushing all other thoughts away. It’s at those times that one needs patience to ride through the negativity.

When I put this same choice to the children they picked different qualities, the one each them thought they lacked. So that turned out to be interestingly predictable.

Let me put the same thought to you:

One, the original question — what’s the one trait you’d pick, if you could have it in an unlimited quantity and 

Two, what do you think you would pick for yourself between Patience and Courage?

Linking up with Mel’s # Microblog Mondays after a long long time.

6 Replies to “Courage vs Patience”

    1. Yeah that’s the kind of courage we need in our daily lives. I’ve come to realise it shall always be a bit of a struggle for me. Thanks Corinne.

  1. I have a question – are these traits or are they values? Because I see them as values to live our lives by. I most certainly value courage and make decisions/act courageously as a result.

    1. Here’s how I look at it — some people are naturally more cautious than others, some with a greater sense of positivity, some wiser. They’re inherent traits, parts of the personality we’re born with. We can change, we do change but some things come easier to some people. I’ve seen it with my twins – they’re different, they think and react differently because that’s the way they are, despite being brought up with the same values.

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