I need a little patience, yeah
Just a little patience, yeah
Some more pati... ence, yeah
I've been walking the streets at night
Just trying to get it right ...
Need some patience, yeah
I ain't got time for the pain ..."
~Guns N' Roses ~ Patience ~
Patience. An interesting word. Used in many ways. Taught from a young age ... we must be patient. But really it has never been easy to be patient, and probably even harder now than ever. I can attest to that, currently in a therapy that is recommended for a minimum of 18 months or 78 weeks ... we are on week 34, and always counting...
You see in a world where messages can be sent across the globe instantly, seemingly everything is available with a few clicks of the mouse. It's very hard not to expect instant satisfaction. But patience remains a valuable tool in our lives. We don't always get instant gratification, and some of the best things in life require years of hard work and waiting. And fortunately, "patience is a virtue" that can be cultivated and nurtured. Yeah right? how many times have you heard "I have no patience", or "I just want it now" ... well it is possible. But it takes time to fulfill this goal ... isn't that ironic? ... Yet, once you have conquered this, it will become second nature. And the bonus is that you won't be disappointed at what life can offer you with some spare time. You will be surprised by how boring, restless and lagging hours can evolve into a passing time of relaxation and peace of mind.
Curious? yes! read on ...
(1) Ask why you are in such a hurry? It appears that we tend to lose our patience when we are multitasking or on a tight schedule, expecting the day to pass within only a few short minutes of busyness and chaos. If you are stretching yourself too thin, re-do your to-do list before you attempt to change your natural reaction to an overwhelming situation. Try to do your tasks one at a time, and delegate your responsibilities to share the load.
(2) Try to recognize the triggers that often influence you to lose your patience. Impatience is like a slow growth, it creeps up on you. And if you feel anxious, worried or unhappy you may not even realize the underlying cause of these feelings is impatience. Raise your awareness ... which events, people, phrases or circumstances trigger you. At the core of most triggers is a reality that we have a hard time accepting. But remember to ask yourself, whose realities are these?
(3) Overcome bouts of impatience. Yes, one of the hardest things to do, but by developing patience, your outlook and attitude about life shifts. Start by learning how to relax when you feel impatient. Take a few deep breaths and clear your mind. Concentrate on breathing and you'll start to get your bearings.
(4) If it is out of your control, let go. Just let it go. Easier said than done but it's the only healthy thing you can do. Practice makes perfect and you will gradually develop the strength to remain patient in the most difficult situations.
(5) Mental note for self ... things take time. Getting things done now and not wasting time doesn't apply to every situation. Some things just can't be rushed. I realize that almost anything really good in life takes time and dedication, and if you're impatient, you're more likely to give up on relationships, goals and other things that are important to you.
(6) Expect the unexpected. Ah yes, this has definitely been my journey. I had plans and last I checked, they didn't include battling cancer. Life lesson, things don't always work out as planned. I accept the twist and turns in life ... gracefully. And I keep my expectations realistic. This not only applies to my current situation, but also to the behaviour within and around me.
(7) Remember what matters most. Focusing on what matters most in this life fuels patience. Move the world toward peace by being kind, generous in forgiveness of others, being grateful for what is, and taking full advantage of what matters most. Take time to remember any one of these items can reduce our tendency to want something different right now.
(8) Have a positive outlook on life. Remember that you will eventually get what you want. Everything works out in the end, for a Higher Purpose. Yes, this requires maturity and patience to understand and accept. If you work hard at something, this may be the truth, but most of the time you have to be patient to get what you want. Our destinations are constantly moving so remember that Life is a journey to be savoured each step of the way.