[Pey-shuh ns] 


1.  the quality of being patient, as the bearing of provocation, annoyance, misfortune, or pain, without complaint, loss of temper, irritation, or the like.

2.  an ability or willingness to suppress restlessness or annoyance when confronted with delay; to have patience with a slow learner.

3.  quiet, steady perseverance; even-tempered care; diligence: to work with patience.

“We could never learn to be brave and patient, if there were only joy in the world.”
Helen Keller

The story of Helen Keller is the story of a child who, at the age of 19 months, suddenly lost her hearing and vision, and who, against overwhelming odds and with a great deal of persistence, grew into a highly intelligent and sensitive woman who wrote, spoke, and labored incessantly for the betterment of others. So powerful a symbol of triumph over adversity did she become that she has a definite place in the history of our time and of times to come.

Helen Keller’s new life began on a March day in 1887 when she was a few months short of seven years old. On that day, which Miss Keller was always to call “The most important day I can remember in my life,” Anne Mansfield Sullivan came to Tuscumbia to be her teacher. Miss Sullivan, a 20-year-old graduate of the Perkins School for the Blind, who had regained useful sight through a series of operations, had come to the Kellers through the sympathetic interest of Alexander Graham Bell. From that fateful day, the two—teacher and pupil—were inseparable until the death of the former in 1936.

Even when she was a little girl, Helen Keller said, “Someday I shall go to college.” And go to college she did. In 1898 she entered the Cambridge School for Young Ladies to prepare for Radcliffe College. She entered Radcliffe in the fall of 1900 and received her bachelor of arts degree cum laude in 1904. Throughout these years and until her own death in 1936, Anne Sullivan was always by Helen’s side, laboriously spelling book after book and lecture after lecture, into her pupil’s hand.

Helen Keller died on June 1, 1968, at Arcan Ridge, a few weeks short of her 88th birthday.

In his eulogy, Senator Lister Hill of Alabama expressed the feelings of the whole world when he said of Helen Keller, “She will live on, one of the few, the immortal names not born to die. Her spirit will endure as long as man can read and stories can be told of the woman who showed the world there are no boundaries to courage and faith.”

Biography Source:  American Foundation for the Blind website at

“The greatest things ever done on Earth have been done little by little.” – William Jennings Bryan


      Patience is a virtue!  The old adage could not be more applicable to our training in tae kwon do.  Part of goal setting and achievement is PATIENCE.  We have to be patient with ourselves in all aspects of our training.
      We need to push ourselves constantly to excel and grow above and beyond.  We need to be patient however.  Forms and one-steps continue to get more intricate as we advance.  Students need to understand that maintaining a strong foundation of basics is the only way to progress and build on with more advanced techniques.  Similarly, flexibility is achieved only through persistent hard work and PATIENCE. 

    Realistic goal setting is key.  Set goals for yourself that are incremental, realistic, and attainable.  Be patient with and begin with the end in mind.  Physical goals are obviously important.  Gains in power, speed, balance and flexibility are all part of advancing physically.  Remembering form patterns, one-steps, and appropriate terminology are examples of mental goals to set. 

     When these achievements are made, you will even notice emotional and psychological benefits in your training.  Nothing beats the feeling of empowerment that comes with earning that stripe or new belt. We can all remember touching our head to the floor for the first time on a straddle stretch!   When you reach a goal, it is important to remember the feeling of accomplishment.  This will drive you toward your next goal.  Keep working hard and be PATIENT, and you will achieve!  Remember anything worth attaining will take hard work!

Ben Parra

Team Chip Tae Kwon Do Centers Instructor, 3 x ISKA World Breaking Champion

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