"Patience" is made up of two characters. The top character is a combination of blade and heart, literally the pain of being stabbed in the heart, meaning the bearing of pain or endurance. The bottom character literally translates as now and law, implying an imminent situation that cannot be escaped. Taken as one, this character means patience in the sense of bearing the burdens of life or accepting our destiny.
Some days the top character is more relevant than others. For example, the day last week when I ran into another school mom at the gym who asked, 'Have you heard anything about your little girl? I remember hearing about her when our kids were in Kindy (she's from Australia) and now they're going to 2nd grade!'
Yep, thanks for the reminder, lady.
My standard reply has become, "No, we're still waiting. ...and I promise we're not making this up!"