Patience is allowing.
I have been meditating on patience for a few moments each morning over the past two weeks. I have been running low on it.
The insight was that patience is a bridge between reality and our expectations. We want things to be a certain way, and often we work very hard to get reality and our expectations aligned. In spite of all that, reality often diverges from our expectations.
So what do we do?
We can argue with reality. We can get frustrated with it, or angry at it. We can let it get us down.
Or, we can allow.
We can simply allow reality to be what it is, and we can use patience while our expectations slowly adjust.