Surah Hud mentions the case of people who when their blessings are taken away, they fall into despair and ingratitude, and when they are given ease, they are boastful. And then Allah says…
“Except for those who are patient and do righteous deeds…” [11: 10]
Patience is a hard lesson to learn. Most people pick it up during their times of difficulty and sorrow, because they’re forced to wait through their hardship and take each day as it comes. But we don’t realise that patience is also required during days of jubilance and joy. See, when you experience ups and downs, you’re actually being trained to have control no matter what the circumstance is. What’s the point of gaining patience in hardships, if you’re just going to lose all principle during your days of ease?
In fact, you’ll need greater levels of patience in times of ease because your prayer right then ought be at the levels it was when you were troubled and were closer to Allah. Your du’as (supplications) ought to be as sincere as they were when you were suffering and calling to Allah. But sadly we lose that depth we had, the moment we transition from hardship to ease.
And so Allah mentions the case of people who sway this way when they’re given blessings, and sway that way when they lose them… except those who have mastered patience. They have mastered self-control, and their mind and heart are both firm. They know Who they are worshipping, and they are vastly aware of the nature of life. Hence they are patience when it’s winter and they are patient when it’s summer.