Of all the hardships a person had to face, none was more punishing than the simple act of waiting.
-Khaled Hosseini, A Thousand Splendid Suns
Often the act of waiting is anything but simple.
Many people hate to wait because they are waiting to do something,
get something, or go somewhere.
Waiting doesn’t seem like an act, but the lack of action; however,
the decision to be patient and willing to wait is an act of courage and perseverance.
Crowds at the Kumbh Mela await their turn to bathe in the Ganges. Allahabad, India
A person who is a master of patience is master of everything else.
- George Savile
Waiting for medical care. Kabul, Afghanistan
A mother waits for news of her missing son. Afghanistan
Refugees wait in line. Thailand
Endurance is patience concentrated.
- Thomas Carlyle
Women queue in Yemen
Patience is the companion of wisdom.
- St. Augustine
A ballerina waits backstage for her cue. Zagreb, Croatia
Shoppers wait for a bus. Dublin, Ireland
The faithful wait for healing. Lourdes, France
Waiting in line for a church service. Los Angeles, USA
Waiting for the train. India
Waiting for a bus. Ahmedabad, India
Waiting for a look through the Berlin Wall. Germany
Come what may, all bad fortune is to be conquered by endurance.
Waiting to perform. Hong Kong, China
People count up the faults of those who keep them waiting.
- French Proverb
Waiting for customers at Amber Fort, Jaipur, India
Dog waits for door to open. Porbandar, India
The Patience of Ordinary Things
by Pat Schneider
… I’ve been thinking about the patience
Of ordinary things, how clothes
Wait respectfully in closets
And soap dries quietly in the dish,
And towels drink the wet
From the skin of the back.
And the lovely repetition of stairs.