Patience is the ability to idle your motor when you feel like stripping your gears. — Barbara Johnson
You don’t bend over backward to avoid offending people. At the same time, you don’t unnecessarily irritate or offend people. You maintain a calm, pleasant demeanor and people generally see you as easy to work with and to be around. Nonetheless, you can and do hang tough, pursue your interests, and assert your positions. People may occasionally be offended or irritated but generally they are comfortable with you. The result is that your time, energy, and attention are fully available and not absorbed by trying to cater to or placate others or by needing to deal with others being avoidably upset or hostile.