It is not always easy to be patient.
The ability to give yourself time to think gives you an enormous advantage. It is not always easy to pull yourself out of a situation and give yourself the right intellectual distance to truly assess what is happening.
In essence, patience is the ability to control your emotions, to wait without becoming anxious, annoyed or frustrated. It is recognizing that waiting is not always a negative, but that patience, is, as we all know, a virtue.