Latent within our human reality are potentially all the attributes (virtues) of our One Creator. However, they can only be manifested through our own volition: our conscious choices of the spirit. We may read about a medical remedy for a particular illness but unless we specifically apply the remedy, we will not heal. Likewise, we may yearn for a virtue such as peacefulness, but unless there is an activation of our will to manifest it within ourselves and within our lives, it will only remain a wonderful thought.
The acquisition of a virtue such as patience is not like putting a check mark next to it on a list of virtues. It requires daily practice. There are often frequent challenges as understanding and application of a virtue deepens. However, once a virtue awakens within one’s soul, it becomes a source of daily support in one’s life.