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Wait for it: Exploring the Virtues of Patience

Wait for it: Exploring the Virtues of Patience, by Judy Marano. Photograph by Erik McLean
Photograph by Erik McLean

We are not a society that practices or values patience; but what have we lost in our pursuit of instant gratification?

On a bitter 23 degrees morning, my walking partner and I set out on our daily constitutional walk along the reservoir. As we crossed the bridge over the frozen water, I saw a man quietly sitting on a chair on the ice, holding a 12-inch rod with line disappearing into a tiny hole.

Cupping my hands around my frozen lips, I yelled, “Did you catch anything?” He smiled and walked towards us so that we could talk. He

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