Definition: bearing injuries, insults, or provocation for a long time; patient; not easily provoked

Balancing Quality: Hope

Consideration: If you know you can and will do your best “under the circumstances” then you are a practitioner of long-suffering. The “circumstances” may be a singular negative incident (an accident, victimization, being in the wrong place at the wrong time) or the circumstances can be plural (all of the events of a life). We are all putting up with difficulty. The consequences may be a change or an adjustment for the foreseeable future.
     Even if everything is going well, it is necessary to deal with the repercussions of internal growth, external change, and aging.

Quote: The fruits of the spirit are love, joy, peace, long-suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, and temperance. — The Bible, Galatians 5:22-23

Admonition: Do not call stubbornness, a lack of willingness to change, long-suffering. Most of the time you can do something about the situation. If nothing else, control your attitude.

Symbol: the ox