On patience and kindness

I have little patience for complaining.

Generally, I find that people complain too much and too loudly about things they should simply accept or quietly work to change.

This character trait makes me ill-suited for a part of my job as an ethics & compliance officer, the part where I receive allegations of wrongdoing.

When I feel my blood starting to boil (i.e. when I feel the urge to complain), I bring to mind the following quotes:

Patience is not how long you can wait but how well you behave while you wait.

– Timber Hawkeye

Wherever there is a human being there is an opportunity for kindness.

– Seneca

This allows me to set my pain aside and seek to understand and alleviate another’s pain.

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