Patience & Impatience – Who are you mostly?

Patience is a word so easily used but so often it’s not practiced. I would like to think I am a very patient person, but I can think of so many examples that demonstrates otherwise. I believe it natural to be impatient at times. We are emotional beings and when we feel frustrated, we can be impatient. But it is not helpful when impatience becomes something of a permanent feature.

“Patience strengthens the spirit, sweetens the temper, stifles anger, extinguishes envy, subdues pride, bridles the tongue, restrains the hand, and tramples upon temptations.” – George Horne

I would be surprised if I were to meet anyone who says they haven’t read, used and been told “patience is a virtue”. It is so often used, but so seldom found. Being patient is having the ability to wait and not get angry or upset and to remain calm despite the frustrations one may encounter.

Some ways I personally display a lack of patience is when someone doesn’t get what I have tried to show them several times and waiting for something or things in general that take too long. Our impatience in this ever changing world we live in today is further amplified by technology. Communication on various platforms can happen within seconds. If there isn’t an almost immediate reply, I have witnessed people go crazy. This one though, I personally don’t understand. We need to understand that whilst communication is much faster these days, others don’t wait around expecting a message or email from us so that they can instantly reply.

I also don’t think enough of us have considered that impatience is bad for our wellbeing. When we’re impatient and we feel frustrated, angry and upset, we become anxious and stressed. Thus, the lack of patience is bad for our health!

So embrace patience. Be more tolerant of delays. Take the time to consider different solutions before making hasty or reactive choices and decisions. I know we live in an impatient world. But as with all things, a bit more patience could start with you. Don’t always be in a rush. Focus on who you are with and what you are doing. Be fully present in the moment. And, consider others always.

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Until next time…

Yours in Adapting & Being

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