Ends and patience - they're better? (Eccl 7:8)

"Better is the end of a thing than its beginning,
and the patient in spirit is better than the proud in spirit." - Ecc 7:8

I'm thinking seminary. Better is the end than its beginning. I'm also thinking being patient in learning is better than being proud.

However, I'm sure there are some things to which this wouldn't apply well. At first I was thinking marriage because that first year is so much fun, but the more I thought about it, the more I figure the longer you're married the better you know each other. It's a different kind of fun, but the patience and endurance in marriage brings about a new understanding and a wonderful love, different from the first, but better later on.

I'm sure the end of life is better than its beginning, though we all talk about how wonderful our youth is, to be an old man is one of my life dreams.

Patience is a virtue none of us like. I hate being patient while my baby cries. I hate being patient in lines. I even dislike patient people. But I suppose I don't need to say how much more enjoyable a patient person is than a proud person.

Application of this? Wait, be patient. Enjoy the end, and seek humility. Yea, small task huh?