Thought for Today

"Patience is a lifelong skill and a rare quality in today's hectic society. Help your kids develop it early."

— Rabbi Shmuley Boteach, from Rabbi Shmuley Boteach's Oprah Radio Sirius XM Radio show 10 Values Your Children Should Bring to School

"Don't rush forward. When I'm mired in confusion about what the next step should be, when I'm asked to do something for which I feel little enthusiasm, that's my sign to just stop—to get still until my instincts give me the go-ahead."

— Oprah from O, The Magazine June 2003

"I'm a firm believer in delayed gratification. Things mean more when you have to wait for them."

— Jean Chatzky from an exclusive

"Patience is a skill, not an inherited trait. ... It leads to relaxation, not self-harnessing. It gives you the freedom to have a pleasant time even when the traffic gods are playing with you. It converts the helpless rage of impatience into a delicious sense of spaciousness."

— Amy Gross from "Patience Is a Skill," featured in O, The Oprah Magazine September 2008

"Silently tell yourself simple things like 'It's okay.' 'You're all right.' 'There's no rush.' 'You can do this.' You'll be amazed at the power of this humble mental-management technique to help you turn knowledge into action."

— Martha Beck from O, The Oprah Magazine September 2001

"Patience, patience, patience. Taking our time to do things, thinking it through and just enjoying [our kids] as children—not so much rushing them through everything—because they're growing up way too fast."

— Jon Gosselin, from Peter Walsh's Oprah Radio Sirius XM Radio show Superstar Moms

"You are so young, so before all beginning, and I want to beg you, as much as I can, to be patient toward all that is unsolved in your heart and try to love the questions themselves."

— Maria Rilke, from O, The Oprah Magazine February 2007

"I have made a commitment to myself to not jump into a relationship. ... I really want to hold to that because I want to make sure my next relationship is a choice, not a habit."

— Kerry Washington, from Gayle King's Oprah Radio Sirius XM Radio show Kerry Washington

"Like a circle that returns to itself, women enjoy the present. That is why patience comes much more easily to women."

— Rabbi Shmuley Boteach, from Rabbi Shumley Boteach's Oprah Radio Sirius XM Radio showThe Differences Between Men and Women

"The most amazing thing about books is the way they patiently wait on the shelf for you to be ready for them."

— Erica Jong, from O, The Oprah Magazine August 2008

"I thought I knew a lot about friendship until I spent 11 days traveling across the country in a Chevy Impala with my best friend, Gayle King. ... I learned patience. And when patience wore thin, I bought earplugs and headphones."

— Oprah, from O, The Oprah Magazine August 2006

"We don't patiently tease apart the many strands of our daily existence, distinguishing those that actually make us happy...from those that we have to eliminate as soon as we can."

— Susan Choi, from O, The Oprah Magazine September 2007

"Whoever had the affair must understand the impact that their behavior and impulsiveness had on the other person. If the partner who strayed is still invested in the relationship, patience must be their biggest virtue."

— Dr. Robi Ludwig, from an exclusive

"Every time I feel I've made some ground, seems somebody's there to put me down, but I know my time will come around, if I just keep on movin' on."

— Deborah Norville, from O, The Oprah Magazine February 2002

"Know that you are doing the best, don't second-guess yourself, give it time ... and you will be very happy."

— Jean Chatzky, from Jean Chatzky's Oprah Radio Sirius XM Radio show Boring Is Better

"If you have five minutes: Forget everything. Jot down a quick to-do list, and let it be your 'task memory' so you can let your mind roam free. Patiently and nonjudgmentally, watch where your mind goes, what it says. Then go back to your to-do list. You'll find that you feel as if you've had a brief but refreshing vacation."

— Martha Beck, from O, The Oprah Magazine April 2004

"I know for sure that to be present with yourself is the most important gift you can have. Appreciate now, so that the next hour and the next year don't slip away unnoticed. Every moment matters."

— Oprah, from O, The Oprah Magazine May 2005

"We will attempt today to be aware only of what we can hear and see, and what makes perfect sense. ...In patience and in hope we try again today."

— Marianne Williamson, from Marianne Williamson's Oprah Radio Sirius XM Radio show A Course in Miracles, Lesson 95

"When you wed, don't automatically rush to combine everything. You can help each other out by chipping away at your loans without becoming officially responsible for each other's."

— Suze Orman, from O, The Oprah Magazine August 2007

"Surrender your expectations. Instead of setting yourself up for disappointment, decide to do things differently this year. When you notice yourself projecting into the future, worrying about the past or listening to your negative internal chatter, use a simple statement like 'be here now' to remind you to return your thoughts to the most useful place of all—the present!"

— Cheryl Richardson, from an exclusive

"Patience is a virtue! Particularly in baking. I'll never forget witnessing an especially efficient friend of mine who couldn't wait for her freshly baked cake to cool. She slathered on the frosting anyway and stuck it under a cake dome. The dome steamed up and the frosting slid right off!"

— Candace Nelson, co-founder and pastry chef of Sprinkles Cupcakes, from the show Breakfast with Oprah

"We tend to rush through a conversation instead of taking time to thoroughly explain things and get feedback. When we rush, our tone can be misunderstood."

— Rabbi Shmuley Boteach, from Rabbi Shmuley Boteach's Oprah Radio Sirius XM Radio show How to Communicate Effectively

"Women get so frustrated. They try on two pairs of jeans, and they say, 'Nothing fits me,' and they leave the store. You've got to try. And even if you don't get lucky after seven, if you get lucky after 20, it is worth it."

— Stacy London, from the show Oprah's Bra and Jean Intervention

"Don't get discouraged if you send out lots of résumés before you start getting interviews. This happens to just about everyone. To find the right job takes time and patience."

— The LLuminari Experts, from an exclusive

"Many of us share the same problem—we don't think through how our choices might play out down the line."

— Suze Orman, from O, The Oprah Magazine February 2008

"I really am a testament to patience and perseverance because I wasn't sure that [my career] was going to happen. I just always believed that there is nothing else on this earth that I am supposed to do but make [country] music."

— Rissi Palmer, from Dr. Maya Angelou's Oprah Radio Sirius XM Radio show African-American Country Singers

"The principal preparation for being a parent comes from the selflessness, patience and discipline we acquire before we become parents. The parental instinct is innate."

— Rabbi Shmuley Boteach, from Rabbi Shmuley Boteach's Oprah Radio Sirius XM Radio show Successful Parenting

"I had a lot more discipline than I thought; a lot more patience. [I became] more expressive, not only personally with my family, but as well in my music and my way of communicating."

— Gloria Estefan, from Gayle King's Oprah Radio Sirius XM Radio show Gloria Estefan

"I have found it takes a lot of patience obviously, but you have to be consistent in training your dog."

— Chris Perondi, from the show The Tiniest Dog in the World

"If you really want to change your housing situation, you need to commit to saving, and that demands patience as well as discipline. Depending on your current financial situation and the scope of what you want, saving enough for a down payment may take a few years."

— Suze Orman, from O at Home Summer 2008

"After years of twisting and burning in the fires of impatience, I've come to appreciate patience as the supreme medicine. Apply patience, and frustration goes away, outrage cools, peace is yours."

— Amy Gross, from O, The Oprah Magazine September 2008