We are taught that patience is a virtue, and, in many cases that is true — but not always.

I have owned dogs for 35 years and currently have the most patient animal I have ever seen. My Emma will sit literally for an hour, having a stare-down with a squirrel up in the tree. The thing is, the squirrel is in a tree on the other side of the fence so it is in no danger of Emma’s rath. It could easily climb down and walk away, and as a result, Emma’s patience is misguided.

Patience is a virtue in certain situations, but so is urgency. The trick is knowing what side of the fence your “squirrel” is on and waiting quietly only when there is a chance that inaction can actually benefit you.

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