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by Venerable Master Hsing Yun (1927 - , Fo Guang Shan)
English translation: William Chong and Stephanie Mei Gaw

Patience is a subtle and imperceptible effort.
Enduring a moment of shame can end one’s momentary hostility.
Cultivating a life of patience
can slowly erode the lifelong obstinacy of others.
Steel can be tempered to softly wind
around a finger due to patience.
If we take a step away from fame and fortune,
how peaceful and free we become!
If we patiently deal with people and their disputes,
how carefree our lives become!
Such patience that stems from humility
is what progress is truly about.
Such awareness one has every step of the way,
and moving forward in a grounded manner
is what is truly genuine and precious.
── from Fo Guang Cai Gen Tan (Roots of Wisdom)