We’ve all grown up being told that patience is a virtue, often by our stressed-out, frazzled parents. But why is it a virtue? Did anyone ever explain that to you? Patience gets a bad rap in our busy, modern world. We are told we have to do more and be more to get ahead. We move through tasks, and indeed, through life, as quickly as possible, just to get to the next task on the list.
We want everything immediately–we are used to having information at our fingertips and don’t want to wait for anything. But what are we missing out on by requiring instant gratification and living as full of a life as possible so we look busy, and therefore, important?
Patience Helps Us Take Care of Ourselves
When we practice patience with ourselves, we allow ourselves the space and time needed to learn and grow into our potential without beating ourselves up. We understand we don’t have to rush everywhere all the time–we eat when we are hungry, rest when we are tired, and take care of our emotions instead of rushing through life. Continue reading
It’s amazing how much happier people who move more slowly really are. When we rush from one task to another, we measure our days by how much we get done, not how much we’ve lived. Slowing down the pace helps us appreciate the small things in life that make our lives richer and truly worth living.
Cultivate Loving Relationships
Impatient people aren’t any fun to be around. Patient people, on the other hand, tend to accept people just as they are and enjoy their uniqueness. Patient people offer their support and unconditional love to those in their lives, which brings joy to all.
Enjoy the Anticipation
If we let ourselves, we can enjoy the anticipation that goes along with something exciting that has to be delayed. Think about the enjoyment you can get out of planning out and dreaming about that romantic vacation you’ve always wanted to take. That part of the experience can be almost better than the actual event. Continue reading
If we were more patient with ourselves, the world would be a much happier, healthier place to live. We work so hard at getting where we want to go that we forget to enjoy the journey. We should be patient with ourselves in all situations, but there are some that require even more patience than others.
And of course, they seem to be the situations that cause us to be the most impatient with ourselves. Here’s a short list of times when it’s important to be extra patient with yourself.
Learning a New Skill
Yes, maybe it only took your best friend a weekend to learn to ski, but not everyone is the same. I bet there are things that you learned faster than he did, but we often forget that part of the equation. No matter if you are learning a new job duty or a new hobby, try to just let it take as long as it takes to learn it completely. Being impatient with yourself is only going to slow down your progress. Continue reading