It has never been easy to be patient, but it’s probably harder now than at any time in history. In a world where messages and information can be sent across the world instantly, everything is available with only a few clicks of the mouse. Fortunately, patience is a virtue that can be cultivated and nurtured over time. You will be pleasantly surprised by how relaxation and peace of mind can impact the quality of your life.
The lesson of patience became clear to me when I got out of bed and decided to make myself a cup of tea. While waiting for the water to come to a boil I opened my front door to the morning mist, the smell of wet grass in the morning does something that only the experienced can explain. Two birds fighting for their breakfast got my attention, then I noticed a third bird, looking haggard and hungry just sat there watching the others fight.
It was an aggressive exchange, neither bird was giving in to the fight, then the third bird saw his shot then went and picked up the piece of meal that the other birds were fighting for and just like that game over.
The lesson was for me, I knew it the minute I saw it, that despite what we are experiencing, patience is truly a virtue.
For those of us who are experiencing a tough time, irrespective of what it is we are going through, whether your marriage, relationship or your working environment, continue to exercise patience.
First, take a few minutes to do absolutely nothing. Just sit quietly and think. Don’t watch television; don’t even read. Do nothing. It may be hard at first, and you may even feel impatient after a minute or two, but by taking some time out you can essentially slow your world down, and that’s important to develop the attitude necessary to develop patience.
Second, stop holding yourself and the world around you to unattainable standards. Sure, we’d all be more patient if babies didn’t cry, dishes didn’t break, computers didn’t crash, and people didn’t make mistakes – but that’s never going to happen. Expecting the world to run smoothly is like beating your head against the wall. Give yourself a break! Learning how to take that break could be the answer we need in healing our broken hearts.