Patience is an acquired trait, and I’ve spent a lifetime impatiently trying to acquire it. Most of us want patience, and we want it now. But few things will cause to stop and focus on the moment, as well as on the big picture, more than not being able to get out of bed for six months, not being able to feed yourself for more than a year. You come to measure progress in small, incremental steps. And you learn perhaps the toughest lesson in life: to wait. But not just waiting idly; no, to wait, as Dr. Kelikian said, with a faith to endure—believing that you have a future.