Patience is a Virtue… or Value?

As I await the reply for an internship I interviewed for last week, I have started to appreciate one virtue I hold near to my heart: patience. Although in my teens, I struggled with the need to always be moving forward at a fast pace. I wanted to graduate high school quicker than any of my friends, I always wanted to be the first to get something done, and I needed to always be one step ahead of the game.

After high school I was able to get close to hobbies I enjoyed – none of which involved a fast-pace – camping, reading, traveling, etc. It is in this post-teenage period of my life where I learned to sit back and reeeeeelaaaaax. I’m a strong believer in the phrase, “Everything happens for a reason,” and “Things have a way of working themselves out.” I truly believe that when one door closes, another door opens – so why fret? Why stress yourself out about something you no longer have control over? Patience is the key to the search.

As pertaining to this interview I have done my part. I’ve gone through the application process, contacted the correct people, sent over my materials, had an official interview, met the right people in person, sent my thank-you notes, and followed up with a polite e-mail later that week. After receiving positive feedback, my job is now over. The only thing I can do is be patient.

Although patience may not be a value that has something to do with the Chapter 1 reading in our textbook They Don’t Teach Corporate In College by Alexandra Levit, I personally hold patience close to my values in life.



About Emily Kirk

Life goes through constant changes and multimedia helps captures these moments. I plan to post the moments I've captured and share them with you all as I pursue my career in Broadcast Journalism. Enjoy the ride.
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3 Responses to Patience is a Virtue… or Value?

  1. Haley Martin says:

    This post resonates with me because impatience if one of my biggest weaknesses. It helps me be ahead of the game, but I tend to stress myself out and overestimate how much I can do in a day. I like what you said about not letting yourself stress over things that are no longer in your control. You internship situation sounds frustrating, but I think you’re right. Maybe there’s a reason you aren’t there yet and you’ll realize it down the road. Hope you hear back soon!

  2. Adaira Floyd says:

    I admire your patience! Things sure do have a way of working themselves out. I can’t say whether patience is a virtue or value… perhaps patience is both? Either way, you have a skill that many in this industry (including myself at times) need to work on.

  3. pdxsx says:

    Hang in there, Emily. You’re a rockstar and they are going to be so mad they didn’t move faster when you start kicking butt!

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