With the right attitudes and a bit of practice, we can learn to harness the power of patience in our lives. It's a combination of motivation (wanting to), awareness (paying attention to our inner landscape), and cultivation (practicing).

We can do it because patience is a human quality that can be strengthened. We have what we need. We're patient already -- how else did we get through school, learn to love, find a job? We're just not always aware of what helps us to be patient, what triggers our impatience, or what to do when our patience wears thin.

The most important thing to know is that patience is something you do, not something you have or don't have. It's like a muscle. We all have muscles, but some people are stronger than others because they work out.

The same is true with patience. Some of us may be better at it right now, but each of us can develop more with patience.