Where there is hatred, let me sow love
where there is injury, pardon
where there is doubt, faith
where there is despair, hope
where there is darkness, light
where there is sadness, joy
consoled as to console
Patience is a special kind of love. When we are patient with our self or others, we experience the sense that we are all "works in progress," that in each and every moment we are whole and complete.
This is the great paradox, because in the wider view, we are often aware of our longings and strivings and we feel unfinished, like a song.
It takes both persistence and practice to learn to play the music to sing a song. Persisting in the moment does lead to a stronger sense of accomplishment when the time comes that we both play the music and sing.